You have 15 minutes to evacuate home before it's destroyed by a hurricane, what

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  1. Gina Welds-Hulse profile image93
    Gina Welds-Hulseposted 20 months ago

    You have 15 minutes to evacuate home before it's destroyed by a hurricane, what 5 items do you grab?

    The 5 items do not include people or pets. 

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  2. lisavollrath profile image96
    lisavollrathposted 20 months ago

    Purse.
    External hard drive.
    Dog.
    Dog.
    Phone.

    This is something I've actually considered, because I live in an area that gets regular tornado warnings. I can get all this stuff into my front bathroom, which is our tornado room, in about a minute. Two minutes if I want the dogs in their crates. The phone and the external hard drive live next to each other on the same riser as my computer monitor. Both can easily slip into the back pockets of my jeans. There's a cabinet in the bathroom that already has things like water, a medical kit, and a flashlight in it.

    1. Gina Welds-Hulse profile image93
      Gina Welds-Hulseposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Don't include your pets.  Humans and pets are assumed to be coming along. :-)  What other two items would you grab?

    2. lisavollrath profile image96
      lisavollrathposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Nothing. Those are all the things I always grab when the tornado sirens go off. Everything else can be replaced.

  3. ChitrangadaSharan profile image61
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 20 months ago

    Drinking water, available snacks, cash, some regular medicines , my phone .

  4. Aime F profile image85
    Aime Fposted 20 months ago

    Not including my dogs and goldfish (and yes I would plop my fish in a baggie and take it!), I would take my phone, computer, purse (which has my wallet in it), my daughter's favourite stuffed animal, and the box with all of our important documents (birth certificates, passports, SIN cards, etc.).

    1. Gina Welds-Hulse profile image93
      Gina Welds-Hulseposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Was SIN cards a typo?  If not, what are those exactly?

    2. Au fait profile image92
      Au faitposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      She probably meant SIM cards from her many cell phones.

    3. Aime F profile image85
      Aime Fposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      No, not a typo!  You know the cards you get that have your social insurance number on them?  Is that not a thing there?  haha

    4. Au fait profile image92
      Au faitposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Nope, we don't have SIN cards here like Canada. Some people have Medicare, Medicaid cards, or food stamp cards, but that's about it. I usually keep them in my wallet.  When I have my wallet, I have everything I need except keys/phone.

    5. Aime F profile image85
      Aime Fposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      I've had to bring my SIN card in for a couple of jobs that I've started for paperwork purposes but otherwise they're pretty useless. I'm sure a tax return would suffice too. We also have health care cards and insurance cards to haul around!

  5. MarleneB profile image96
    MarleneBposted 20 months ago

    Fortunately, we don't have the constant threat of hurricanes here in sunny California. But, if I were ever in this situation, let's see...
    1. Purse
    2. Phone
    3. Water
    4. Medications
    5. eReader

  6. Ericdierker profile image45
    Ericdierkerposted 20 months ago

    A suitcase in an easily accessible closet. Everything from passports to birth certificates. (copies in lawyer's fire box) The ten gallons of water in garage. Warm clothes and space blanket and wool blankets. Every bit of food in trash bags. Computers, phones and wallets. A sweeping move for all photos in a bag again. Flashllghts and batteries all over. And two battery and wind up radios.
    Of course our 10 gallons of gasoline. So I am weird but a camp stove and a water filter. And no way forget toilet paper. Candles and matches.
    Road map. Knives and scissors a must.
    Both cars headed out.
    That would take about 5 minutes.
    Not like I have given this thought. hihihihi

  7. Au fait profile image92
    Au faitposted 20 months ago

    Have for years had a medium sized suitcase packed with those things that can't be replaced that are most important to me and my family.  Just a matter of grabbing it as one of us walks out the door.  Photographs, birth certificates, other legal papers, small momentos passed down or gifted over the years, etc.

    My keys, wallet, and phone are always on my person if I'm awake, and when I sleep they're close at hand.  Like Lisa, I would have to grab them along with my lap top on the way to the door where my suitcase is always waiting.  Everything else can be replaced.

    Having these things prepared and ready to go before a disaster, such as a fire, is the best idea. 

    Generally hurricanes give several hours of warning, but the quicker you're on the road to safer ground, the less likely you'll be stuck in traffic that's going nowhere.  With tornadoes, you're generally safer where you are.  Get a mattress and throw it over yourself in the bathtub.

    Most people don't think very clearly in an emergency even if they have the time to collect everything, so it's a good idea to have things ready to go.  When time is short, forget about things that can be replaced or purchased later -- food, water, extra clothing, etc.

  8. PhoenixV profile image64
    PhoenixVposted 20 months ago

    I have tornados where I live, so I'd just get out my lawn chair and a cup of coffee and an air mattress if it got bad and just watch.

    1. Gina Welds-Hulse profile image93
      Gina Welds-Hulseposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      That's too funny!  I am as much of a thrill-seeker or storm-chaser as the next person, but I don't think I would sit and watch the tornado.  No under-ground shelter?

  9. tsmog profile image81
    tsmogposted 20 months ago

    Great question when thinking of emergency preparedness. I would grab:

    My wallet
    My important documents in safe showing ownership & etc.
    My hard drive
    My memory box
    My emergency backpack with survival stuff inside

    I don't own a phone, so can't grab that.

    1. Gina Welds-Hulse profile image93
      Gina Welds-Hulseposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Your comment about not owning a phone caught my attention.  What about a landline?  Just curious.

    2. tsmog profile image81
      tsmogposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Yes, I have a landline.

  10. Erin Orick profile image76
    Erin Orickposted 20 months ago

    Being a supervisor in the American Red Cross Disaster Services I am perhaps a bit paranoid about being prepared for a disaster and am in a hurricane zone so I would grab:

    1. My disaster go kit that has enough supplies for 4 people for 3 days including several changes of clothing and spare chargers (stays right by the door so I can grab and go)

    2. My personal lockbox (Has important paper work like birth certificates etc.)

    3. My picture organizer (has 100's pictures of deceased people I cant replace if the pictures were lost)

    4. My laptop and tablet (both have very important information on them and paperwork)

    5. All medications in the house

    1. Gina Welds-Hulse profile image93
      Gina Welds-Hulseposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      The irreplaceable pictures hits home.  In 2004 Hurricane Ivan hit the Cayman Islands as a category 5 hurricane.  My family and everybody else lost so much, but one of those things that keeps coming up is pictures.  Such treasures.

  11. Nikaly Molleda profile image60
    Nikaly Molledaposted 20 months ago

    mmm. I thought that

    1. water
    2. a lighter
    3. a knife
    4. food
    5. medicines

    1. Gina Welds-Hulse profile image93
      Gina Welds-Hulseposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Is the food already put together...like canned foods...or would you just grab what you can and go?

  12. Deborah Demander profile image93
    Deborah Demanderposted 20 months ago

    Since I can't include people, I'd say my computer, phone, purse, file box, gun.

    1. Gina Welds-Hulse profile image93
      Gina Welds-Hulseposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      People and pets are a given.  I wouldn't expect you to leave loved ones or pets behind. :-)

  13. LiveMusicLoverLyn profile image90
    LiveMusicLoverLynposted 20 months ago

    Well seeing as my pets are already coming - thankfully!

    1.  Moisturizer
    2.  Meds
    3. PC which has all my photo's on
    4. Change of clothing
    5.  Current novel

  14. Gina Welds-Hulse profile image93
    Gina Welds-Hulseposted 20 months ago

    Many of you mentioned that you would grab a laptop or other device that has your pictures.  Is a physical or should I say "non-electronic" photo album becoming a thing of the past?  How many of you have a book-form of a photo album?

    1. Erin Orick profile image76
      Erin Orickposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      I have a picture organizer box with about 3000+ pictures in it and that was in my list of things to grab.

  15. LoisRyan13903 profile image81
    LoisRyan13903posted 20 months ago

    My debit card
    My Memory Stick-computer
    My Phone
    My Kindle
    My Glasses

 
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