On Saturday, there was a power outage for hundreds of thousands of people in LA, and Nick & I were some of the “lucky” ones who got stuck in an elevator right as the power shut down in our neighborhood. It was after 9PM, and we’d just taken Cooper out for his nighttime walk and couldn’t wait to get back upstairs to have some bon bons & beer.
But, the universe had a different idea for our Saturday night. The elevator doors closed, we pushed our floor number, and nothing happened. Cue the emergency lights coming on, trying to hit the “Help” button with no luck, and then ringing the alarm until our doorman came to our aid (thank goodness for 24-hour security!). He said help was on the way but the fire department was also saving other trapped people in the Wilshire Corridor and would get to us when they could.
So, we had almost an hour to be sweaty, hot, and think about how we would have done things differently had we known we’d get stuck in the elevator on one of the hottest nights of the year. Hopefully you can learn from our Saturday night adventure – we’re so thankful we were together at the time and grateful to the Los Angeles Fire Department for rescuing us!
5 Things I Learned While Being Stuck in an Elevator:
1. Always Be Prepared
We thought we would only be gone for 5-10 minutes, so I didn’t have my phone, Nick’s was at 10%, and we didn’t have a water bottle with us. Now we’re always going to be prepared for the worst – or at least carry some water and a fully charged phone with us in case of emergency.
2. Don’t Take Life’s Modern Conveniences for Granted
When you go inside an elevator, you expect it to take you to your floor so you can enjoy your night. Nope! Sometimes things don’t go how you plan, so you have to make the best of it and appreciate when things in life do go your way.
3. Have an Emergency Plan
We have our Red Cross-approved emergency kits at the ready, but this was a nice reminder that we need to go over our family emergency plan, have plenty of bottled water and canned food available, and really be prepared for the unexpected since things could be way worse than getting trapped in an elevator and having no power for a few hours.
4. Go With the Flow
We joke that we are the coolest people in our building that could have gotten stuck in the elevator last night. We weren’t mad, we just accepted the fact that we were trapped for who knew how long and tried to make the best of it, laugh when we could, and thought of it as a learning experience rather than moping “poor us” all night.
5. Make Sure You’re Comfortable Before Leaving the House/Office
Once you step foot outside of your house or office, literally anything can happen while you’re transporting yourself to your next destination. Take the few minutes before you leave (even if you think you’ll only be gone for 5 minutes!) to go to the bathroom, make sure you’re dressed comfortably, and get that drink of water or snack in if you’re thirsty or hungry. You never know what could happen, what accident may set you back on your timeline, etc., so if the worst does occur, at least you’ll be fairly comfortable!
Has anyone else ever gotten stuck in an elevator? It was quite the experience & one we’ll NEVER forget.