In the past couple of years, we've seen some pretty devastating fires here in Southern California. The fires always happen in October or November, in what has now been deemed "Fire Season". The time of year where we are plagued with the Santa Ana winds, where everything is extremely dry, with very low humidity.
When our state is in the midst of a 'fire storm', the news generally runs continuous coverage of the fight against the fires. Showing the destruction the flames have left behind. Interviews with people who've been evacuated. Interviews with people who've watched their homes, their belongings go up in flames. Some people are given enough warning to grab things before being evacuated, others, aren't so lucky.
We live in an area where our neighborhood isn't up against the dry hills, so the threat of an out of control wildfire is minimal. However, with all these fires, we have seen how quickly fires can move from one house to another and as a result of seeing such devastation, I've complied a list of things to grab in the event we had enough time:
* the computers (mine has over 30,000 pictures on it)
* external hard drive
* the safe with all our important papers, marriage and birth certificates
* Bibles (mine has a lot of notes in it from over the years)
* box of pictures, photo albums (these are pre-digital camera days)
* family pictures off the walls
* home video tapes
* prescription medications
* clothes for every one
* address book
* cell phones and cell phone chargers
Obviously there's a lot of stuff on that list. But if you have a list and you know ahead of time what it is you would grab, you can just grab one thing after another.
Anyone else ever thought about the things you would want to grab in the event of needing to be evacuated for a fire??
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