Thursday, November 8, 2007

Thursday Thirteen: Note to Self-- In Case of Fire, Break Out This List

Thirteen Things from momhuebert

I've been reading about the California fires, and how people have to evacuate their homes quickly, and also I read this, which got me to thinking about what I would do in a similar situation. And I really don't know. I'm pretty sure my decision-maker would freeze up in a panic, and either I'd end up taking nothing, or taking really silly things, like my shampoo, or a a necklace, or something. So I decided to think it through and come up with a list.

This list is assuming we have to leave home quickly, say in 15 minutes, for an unknown period of time, and be going somewhere where we may not have necessities handy. If it were a fire-- after making sure the kids (the youngest is 16) were alerted and safe-- I'd just grab the first four things and run. I'm sure everyone else in the family would have their own four things they'd want to grab, in addition to the survival gear, but with six of us, I'm sure we could be packed and out of there in 15 minutes. Maybe less. Kinda makes me want to have a trial run, just to see if we can do it. Hmm. Maybe I should institute "Evacuation Drills" aka, "Packing for a Trip." Fifteen minutes sure beats several hours-- or days!-- of getting ready to leave....

Anyway, here's the list:

Thirteen things I'd grab in case of evacuation.

1. my purse (because it has in it--among other miscellaneous stuff--my PDA, my bible, my water bottle, my drivers license and bank cards, any cash I may have, and a hairbrush.)

2. my laptop

3. my violin

4. my winter quilt that I made

5. thermoses of water, as many as we have time to fill.

6. our campstove with fuel

7. our "campout box," which is a relatively small storage tote with everything in it for cooking and eating: cast iron skillet, mixing bowl, plates, cutlery, cups, salt and pepper, utensils, napkins, etc. We use it for camping.

8. tents, sleeping bags, and pillows.

9. our "shower bags" and towels-- each person has a travel bag with travel size soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc, for travelling and camping.

10. any non-perishable food we have in the house, e.g. bread, noodles, dried fruit, peanut butter, potatoes, canned goods; possibly some frozen food, for use right away.

11. toilet paper

12. flashlight and batteries, or lanterns, or both

13. whatever clothing can be stuffed quickly into a backpack.

I have just compared my list to the recommended experts' list and I'm doing pretty good except for one thing. I should have all my family's important documents packaged up and ready to go. I'm embarrassed to admit it never crossed my mind. So I either forget the flashlights, or I add number 14:

14. important family documents (hopefully already rounded up and in one easily grab-able format.)

Hubby said that if he were making this list, he'd bring some tools or a chainsaw, so I guess this is still not a definitive list for us. However, living in Nebraska, the likelihood of an evacuation for forest fires or hurricanes is very slim, which I guess just bears out our state motto, which is "Nebraska, the good life."

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grace said...

I hope you get enough time to grab all of these. But more like, I hope there's no fire to make you grab these precious things.

Nicholas said...

I'd probably take most of those too, though I don't have a violin.

michelle said...

I keep a list like this too. My list also contains family photos, artwork, and our cat. I also have Grandma's rocker on the list, but every time I try to imagine packing all of the stuff in the SUV, I get this vision of the Beverly Hillbillies with Granny in her rocker perched on top of all of the stuff. Yeah, that would likely be me.

Great list.


Wolfie said...

Why the toilet paper?

betty said...

oh wow - I'd be in trouble. I'd be grabbing so many sentimental things of little value.

mom huebert said...

grace-- I know. In a real emergency I'd probably end up grabbing nothing. Which is one reason I thought I ought to make a list!

michelle-- oh, that picture is funny!

wolfie-- because when you figure on emergency camping you always take toilet paper, unless you want to be hunting for corn cobs or leaves or old magazines.

betty-- that's why it's so hard to choose in a hurry, isn't it?

Holly said...

Good post to remind us to maybe HAVE an emergency bag or something...


Linda said...

I just keep thinking I'd want my family pictures/scrapbooks, too!

Rimarama said...

Don't forget old photo albums and letters!

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Sniz said...

This list brings a lot of solemn thoughts to my mind. Lord willing, we'll never have to evacuate, especially here in Indiana, but I guess you never know. Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about the meme, it's just been a crazy week. I'm hoping to do it tomorrow! Hope you have a great weekend!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Don't forget any prescription medications.