(If you jumped into this series on this post, you’ll want to head back to the beginning so it makes sense. The first post in the series is here, then follow the links for the rest of the series.)
If you are still with me, Congratulations to you for hanging in there. This has been a long series but I hope it’s been helpful in getting your family more ready for an evacuation.
We are finally on the last box, it’s the one for all the possessions of great value in your life. Not that you’ll be putting them in a box now (well you might be) but at least you’ll be designating them as ‘treasures’ and making a list.
The items in this category can include any of these types of things:
- Professional Tools
- Garden Tools
- Your gold bullion stash (I wish)
- Hunting Equipment
- Musical Instruments
- Family Photos
When an item happens to make it on to this list, for a full-scale, might-not-be-coming-back-to-the-home-we-left evacuation, it needs to meet a few requirements;
- Should be able to be packaged quickly for travel
- lt should be loadable in the vehicle by one person (The antique Grandfather clock that was bequeathed to you might not fit this requirement, unless you have a really big car and can bench press 200#)
- It’s something you have room for (see #2 above)
- It’s something that you are willing to put everything else at risk for. (this is a pondering question, don’t answer too quickly)
All of the above requirements are subject to change according to your best judgement.(Not necessarily what you want the most. It’s your evacuation after all. Things can usually be replaced and should always take a backseat to people and safety.
We tend to get attached to our ‘things’ a bit much in our society yet when you ask people who have lost everything in a fire, almost universally, they will say that none of the stuff matters, they are just grateful that their family is safe. So keep that in mind when you are designating ‘treasures’
Coming up -> How to keep track of it all
And if you can’t wait for that, head back to Box # 1 and start gathering (If you haven’t already) Just go slowly and methodically through the steps and …Ready, Set, GO!