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.
External hard drive.
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.
Don't include your pets. Humans and pets are assumed to be coming along. :-) What other two items would you grab?
Nothing. Those are all the things I always grab when the tornado sirens go off. Everything else can be replaced.
Drinking water, available snacks, cash, some regular medicines , my phone .
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.).
Was SIN cards a typo? If not, what are those exactly?
She probably meant SIM cards from her many cell phones.
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
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.
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!
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...
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
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.
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.
Great question when thinking of emergency preparedness. I would grab:
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.
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
mmm. I thought that
2. a lighter
3. a knife
Since I can't include people, I'd say my computer, phone, purse, file box, gun.
Well seeing as my pets are already coming - thankfully!
3. PC which has all my photo's on
4. Change of clothing
5. Current novel
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?
My debit card
My Memory Stick-computer
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