MASSACHUSETTS, USA: The Bare Necessities

What would you grab if you were one of the families in Japan and needed to flee your surroundings within thirty minutes?

I’ve recently heard of the “Go-bag,” which is basically a component of your disaster kit.  Disaster kit?  Yes… and due to current events, it is something I recommend everyone has.

My family recently received our Go-bag in the mail.  We bought the Kelty Red Cloud from Amazon.  It is large enough that my two-year-old daughter fits in it comfortably.  We have been in the process of purchasing items and setting things aside to go in our Go-bag.

I have limited disaster relief training.  When I was in junior high school, I remember having a tornado drill.  The students had to crouch down in front of the lockers for maybe five minutes.  I had fire safety training as the Director of Marketing for Simon Property Malls.  And, I taught a fire safety lesson to both of my girls last year.  We even have our own family meeting place at a neighbors in case of a fire.

My husband printed off a preparation sheet for me to read so that I am familiar with what items are essential for us to travel with.  Many of the items are so clever, definitely things I know I’d skip packing if I were in a panic to leave my house in such a short period of time. (more…)

Courtney Cappallo (USA)

Courtney Cappallo is a mom of two girls, ages 7 and 4-years-old. She is living her dream life by residing on Cape Cod and being able to stay at home with her two little beauties. Courtney is currently homeschooling both of her daughters for 2nd grade and preschool, respectively.

Courtney uses a mix of Classical Education and Montessori. She is a strong believer in teaching to the five senses. Courtney’s homeschooling efforts are unique, as she uses the latest technology of the Smartboard. She is also taking on the task of learning Spanish as a second language, as well as, teaching her two children and husband Spanish.

Prior to becoming a homeschooling teacher, Courtney was the Director of Marketing for Simon Property Group, which is the largest U.S. real estate company. Courtney was Simon’s Director of Marketing for the Burlington Mall, Arsenal Mall and Cape Cod Mall. Courtney is a graduate of Villanova University and is proud of her small town roots from growing up in Oxford, Pennsylvania, which only has two traffic lights! She can be found making homeschooling lessons and more at Table of Four !

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