I've taken a much more independent approach to situations like these: ride it out.
Several people have mentioned that they wouldn't have called for help if they could have, but look!, they made it through without assistance. It's all the more frightening when there are children at home, the fear is that they will need something or won't be well-taken care of but ya know...everyone who posted made it through and so did their children. Fear isn't always an indicator of imminent danger and uncertainty isn't always a negative thing.
Every now and then I suppose "the worst" does happen. If there are children involved we may read about it, if not, well, is it so bad to go out alone? The way I look at it, if there's no one there when I need them I certainly don't want to call for assistance from people who don't want to be there!
When these episodes are over it doesn't take long to forget them. Maybe that's a good measure of their importance.
My "plan" is generally to deal with what occurs, afterward regather my strength, then move on to the next thing in my life. It's worked for me for years. It taught my young children self-sufficiency as well. You have nooooo idea how much those "lessons" helped them in later years.
Nina (who believes that inner strength is something you have to build one crisis at a time)