I don’t know how big this story is nationally, but Southern California is ablaze with wildfires. Fortunately, they’re not particularly close to us, though we can smell the smoke if we go outside. As I was watching the news earlier, one of the anchors mentioned that people were packing in case they were told to evacuate. And that got me thinking.
My husband and I are well-prepared for earthquakes. But you don’t get a warning when an earthquake hits, so our preparation consists of well-stocked emergency bags that we can grab and run out the door with.
But what if we did have time to pack up a car load of stuff? What would we bring? I’ve been seriously thinking about it tonight. We may be safe from the current wildfires, but we’re not immune.
I think I would pack up my husband’s computer, because his has all of our family photos (we have backups on CDs, but they wouldn’t include the last couple months). I would grab our fire-proof box, which contains copies of our marriage certificate, birth certificates, passports, etc. I’d also pack handy financial items like our checkbook.
But other than things like toiletries and clothes, I’m not sure what else would make it into our car. I’m going to think about it more and make a list, though. I don’t want to have to make these kinds of decisions on the spot – I’m sure I’d forget something important.