Friday, October 10, 2014

How to Prepare for a Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day

by Emily Ergas, intern contributor

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will be released in theaters nationwide today. The movie is based off the children’s book by Judith Viorst of the same name. The book’s storyline centers on Alexander, who wakes up one day, only to have terrible, horrible, no good, very bad things happen to him. Some of the horrible things include:

Gum in his hair
Tripping on a skateboard
Not getting the window seat in the carpool
No dessert in his lunch bag
An elevator door closing on his foot
Getting pushed in the mud
Losing his marble down the drain

These are just a few of the awful things that happen to him. (Yikes.)

Now, the movie version is set to follow a similar storyline. The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, however, occurs not just for him, but for his entire family including his parents, played by Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell. Here’s the trailer if you’d like to check it out: 

If you’d like to avoid such a day, here are 5 steps to help you and your family prepared for any disaster.

1. Get a kit: make an emergency or buy one at the American Red Cross store. Alexander’s should include some scissors for the gum in his hair and band aids for his scraps and scratches.
2. Know how to use the kit: make sure everyone in your family knows where the kit is stored and how to use everything inside it.
3. Personalize your kit: have each family member add a few personal touches to the kit. Alexander would probably add a marble or dessert.
4. Make an evacuation plan: determine two or three locations that are safe and learn the safest and quickest ways to get to them. If he had had a plan, Alexander probably could’ve avoided that skateboard.
5. Be informed: know what type of disasters are most likely to occur in your area, read through the appropriate Disaster and Emergency guides and watch the weather. If Alexander had looked at the forecast, maybe he would’ve known to watch out for the mud. 

For more information, visit and check out Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on October 10th!

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