Last week you all gave me lots of good advice in the comments about Preparing for Emergencies. I had focused mainly on storing supplies in case we were without water or electricity. But what if there was a fire or a hurricane, and we had to evacuate quickly?
Stephenie suggested a “grab and go box” for important papers you would want to take with you.
Marta agreed and shared this helpful list for what we might want to take.
I’ve kept this idea on my Projects-I-Should-Do-Sometime list for a long time. This is the month I will be more prepared, so it’s time to figure out what I should take in an easy-to-grab bag.
My plan so far:
- If there is no time, don’t worry about any of it, and just try to make sure Lane and Doug are safe.
- If I have a minute, I think I would reach for my keys, my purse (with my mobile phone in it) and my MacBook.
- If I have two minutes, I would reach for the Go bag.
- If I have five minutes, I would also take a painting that Doug and I bought for our anniversary.
Packing the Go bag:
I need to include necessary things like cash, papers, and a change of clothes for each person. I also want to include sentimental things like Lane’s hospital hat and two of our trip journals.
- Papers and documents should be sealed in a plastic bag to protect from water. A list of addresses and phone numbers would be good to add.
- Computer backup disks could be in the bag, but additional copies should be located away from home.
- For any valuables, I’d only carry what is small and light, like jewelry.
Doug surprised me by mentioning different things from what I thought he would want to save, so I’m glad we talked about it. We should also plan where we could meet, like Karen suggested.
This reminds me that laying out clothes is not simply a good habit at night, but it would also be helpful for emergencies. I’d want to find my shoes easily, and not trip over anything.
Ok, what am I missing? What would you take with you?