I’m back on the Eastern Slope of Colorado. I am surrounded by the smoke from one fire and a very dear friend had to pack what was possible yesterday and evacuate from another. My daughter and I had an interesting conversation over what we would take if given fifteen minutes to get out. What would you take?
My first thought – in the old days – was pictures. However, now they are in many forms, in many places. Not such an easy task as grabbing the albums, which come to think of it, wouldn’t have been such an easy task. Now I have to think about the camera, the wedding cd’s, the computer back up (the tower is too big and wired in to mess with), my lap top, my cash stash, my jewelry (I don’t have much of that so that, at least, is easy), oh no – the pictures on the book case, my books!, my grandmother’s china pieces…
The more you think, the more you think of. So do think about it, then better yet, write it down. For some odd reason (and I’ve said this before – I know) writing it down gives you clarity. Prioritize. Are the AT THE TOP things together? Can they be put together in close proximity so you can grab them in one minute? With just a few minutes of thought, you can probably give yourself a clear shot at getting the second most important things in your life out of your house in an emergency evacuation. Here comes the easy part. Remember – THE most important part of your life is you and your family. They cannot be replaced and their worth is beyond measure. Make sure each family member – if old enough – has their list thought through. Remember, young peoples priorities will be different from yours, so you may need to discuss their list with them. If you have a safety deposit box at a bank – that’s a good place for back-up cds of important papers, pictures, etc. Make a list of what is in that box and keep it – and the key – in a place you will grab without question in case of evacuation.
I hope you never have to evacuate, but it happens, so be prepared.