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    September 05, 2011



    I packed up the baby books in addition to the important documents and paperwork. I can always replace some of the older pictures but the earlier "baby" and hospital ones would be tough to do.

    Airport Car

    Your blog is a big help to me. I get some wonderful ideas, thanks for your share.. keep up..


    I would grab my external hard drives, since I have all my pictures on there, my passport, credit cards and the very old Dutch Family Bible. Some clothes, comfortable closed toe shoes/sneakers, a flashlight, chargers, camera and duvets and linen to sleep on incase of ending up in a shelter.


    We have "go bags" packed in backpacks, one per family member. These contain a change of clothes, important documents and a flashdrive with copies of other documents, "survival" items like flashlight, sewing kit, work gloves, cash, personal toiletries and granola bars. In addition I'd want my Laptop,Cell phones and chargers,Photo albums,Medications(prescription and otc)Pet meds, and our dog. We keep the go bags packed for hurricanes, but of course they would work for any kind of evac. Prayers for the folks who had to evacuate today! -Molly


    Great suggestions everyone! Thank you for sharing your own experiences and plans. You are helping me make my plan and I'm sure helping everyone else out there making their plans.


    Don't forget medications.


    In addition to these great ideas, I'd take my wedding video.


    This summer when we were evacuated from the Wallow Fire in the mountains of eastern Arizona, I was amazed at what was truly important and what wasn't. My criteria for what we took was based on 'replace-ability'. I asked myself (on a scale of 1-10) how important it was or would be if I never saw it again. I then asked myself if it was replaceable. It's amazing how many things (no matter how much I liked them) would be replaceable.

    Included in some of the things we took were: important documents, external hard drive w/scanned pictures, family records, etc., essential survival items, and valuable/sentimental things, such as a clock that had belonged to my husband's great grandfather. Anything that was replaceable (including our antique furniture) was left behind in hopes that we would return to our home still standing, which thankfully, we did. However, I tried to prepare for the worst (literally and emotionally) which helped me keep things in perspective as to what truly matters; our lives and loved ones being at the top of the list.

    Debbie Balsam

    We would take most of what other people have mentioned. In addition I would take my father in laws Katchina dolls that he made before passing away. I would also take some family heirlooms and antique books that I have. Of course lot depends on how you are leaving, by foot or by car and how much time you have.
    I'm thinking more seriously about the 3 day backpack idea. In the last 2 weeks we have been through an earthquake, a hurricane, a tropical storm, flooding, and tornadoes. The Dismal Swamp is also a fire, but not close. Now watch a volcano will suddenly appear.


    This has been on my "to do" list for way too long. However, yesterday I could not get back home due to severe flooding. Fortunately I keep a week's worth of meds in the car. Unfortunately I had not updated them since the last two med changes. However, it kept me going. We could not reach our home for 24 hours but thankfully we could today.

    I'm giving very serious thought to what I will pack in a plastic tub that is kept in my mini-van for a situation when we can't get home.

    That list will be somewhat different from what I would take if leaving my home but no less important.

    Rita Schweim

    The key to the Safe Deposit box


    I have to echo what people say about medication, and add that you need to have a system in place for keeping your meds dry and at the right temperature. If you're diabetic and use insulin (I am and do), you might need a cool pack, especially if you also live in a climate with hot summers (again, I do). If you use a medication that's anything other than a pill, you may also need to think about the supplies and delivery systems necessary for that medication. Insulin, for example, isn't much good without a syringe, pen needles, or a pump-- and if you use a pump, be prepared with needles and long-acting insulin anyway. Whatever your situation, ask your doctor for advice on what you must have. I also have a typed document detailing all my medical conditions and needs, my medical history (which is fairly complicated and extensive) and my medications. All of us might also consider packing some bottled water, a package of ziplock bags, nonperishable foods, sturdy shoes and socks, and items like that. I used to live in the city of Fort Worth, TX and they have a great training program about disaster preparedness. Many other cities do, too, and if yours doesn't you can probably access some major city's, or your state's, guidelines online.


    Jasmine, thank you so much for your detailed and thoughtful comment. You are right-- there is so much more to consider when you have medications (for yourself or loved ones)that must be taken.


    I would bring my "PortaValt" and some fresh water, oh and dog food for my dog! I already keep blankets in the car.


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