I’m in WI, but I had to think these very thoughts when a wildfire was headed for our house this spring. (It was contained about a mile from our house. :eek: ) Here’s what I had ready to toss in the van:
Four dogs and paraphernalia
Purse, cell phone, etc.
A few day’s worth of clothes*
Desktop CPU and laptop*
Current work projects
Two or three irreplaceable CDs
One sentimental book, personally inscribed to Mr. S and me by the author
Photo albums and memorabilia from mother’s and father’s side
When Mr. S came home (having left work early because his house might burn down!), he added a few heirloom musical instruments and more photo albums.
It was pretty scary, even though we never had to evacuate, although a sheriff’s deputy came by and told us to be ready. I’ve always felt lucky in my life, and wondered if this was the shoe that hasn’t yet dropped.
*Yes, I do keep backups and the insurance video in a safe, fairly disaster-proof place, but I’m self-employed and without my computer, I have no job. I figured if I could grab them and take them with me, all the better. Clothes – I went with practical, although I would certainly miss the collection of unique and sometimes expensive ethnic clothing that I’ve accumulated.