Here’s a brief look back at how we started.

Submarinewivesclub started out in a most unusual fashion. On Spetember 5th, 1994 a category 4 hurricane hit the west coast. At that time, my husband- petty officer for a Naval carrier was on duty and was out to sea. In our neighborhood of mostly submarine-borne personnel, at that particular time only us wives were at home to look over our kids.

At 3am the tides were quickly rising. So I packed up my kids and took our emergency bag and loaded them all in our pickup truck. Without enough time to second-guess myself, I turned off the power mains, locked the front door and sped to the nearest evacuation center, which was 30 minutes away from where we lived.

When we arrived at the center, there were already a few families of servicemen who were just settling in. As the hours dragged on, more and more families were coming in. At 4am, the place was packed to the rafters.

A few of us mothers decided to arrange the furniture to allow all of the kids and mothers to settle down comfortably, given the situation. There was food in the kitchen, which was a contingency of the service.

It was then that we, the wives of submarine-based servicemen, decided to get to know each other better and to prepare for any such calamities which may affect our area in the future.

And the rest, as they say, is history.