Evacuating your Home 101 – Box 13 – The Treasures

Treasure box for all the special things you'd take if you had to evacuate

 (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:

  • Heirlooms
  • Antiques
  • Collections
  • Professional Tools
  • Garden Tools
  • Your gold bullion stash (I wish)
  • Hunting Equipment
  • Electronics
  • Musical Instruments
  • Family Photos
  • etc

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;

  1. Should be able to be packaged quickly for travel
  2. 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#)
  3. It’s something you have room for (see #2 above)
  4. 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!


  1. Linda says:

    I made it all the way through. Thank you. I have been stocking up but was overwhelmed with the evacuation “schedule”. This will be a tremendous help as I try to get my other siblings interested in doing the same for their families.

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Linda, I’m glad it’s helpful. Just go slow, step by step and you’ll get there. Glad you’ve joined us!

  2. Andreia says:

    I’d like to ask what type of car you have that all your family members and all these boxes can travel with you. Because my trunk will be full by box three, and if I pick the containers wisely, I might be able to get three (maybe four) more in the back seat. But since I don’t even have one container ready to go, I suppose this is all moot.
    Thanks for the series. I have a lot of work to do.

    • Andrea says:

      I actually drive a 9 passenger Yukon, HOWEVER, it the 8-9 people I’ll be hauling take a lot of space and also take priority over the stuff. And you are right, if you choose your containers wisely then it really can all fit. One of the rules is that your ‘boxes’ (containers) have to fit within the space you have. Smaller car owners will have to be much more selective about what makes it into a ‘box’. Box is really not the best word because they often aren’t the most space saving containers. Start with the 72-hour type kit and you are well on your way. Baby steps. By the way, How do you pronounce your name?

      • Andreia says:

        My name is pronounced Und-ray-ee-uh (with a trill on R and emphasis on the ‘ray’). It’s portuguese, though from my visits to Brasil, I’m pretty sure my mom spelled it wrong because even there I’m the only one.

        I’ve been working on my 72 hour kit. I’ve been buying a lot of items from Amazon and packing them into backpacks. I’ve been picking up a couple extra cans of food with every visit to the grocery store. I’m saving singles. I’ve selected photos of family members to get prints of to include in our bags.

        I’m collecting food and today filled glass growlers with water to keep in the front closet. Most likely my emergency situation is going to be a blizzard or other storm that keeps me homebound for a week without electricity. We have a gas grill on the back porch and plenty of candles and blankets, so as long as we have enough food, we should be ok.

        It also occurs to me that if the SHTF, it’s going to be due to a terrible situation at the downtown area of a top 5 US populated city that’s all of 7 miles away. If that happens and we need to evacuate, I’ll be heading 25 miles away to my parents’ place. And if even that isn’t far enough away, they have a lot more “stuff” as well as additional vehicles to get farther away, probably 3 hours drive to his parents’ hoarded place in farm country. I think knowing my emergency situations is helping me to select the necessary items for my ‘boxes.’

  3. Diana Hatchett says:

    Love this! My husband and I have been married for over a year now and wanted to start working on our emergency preparedness … it seemed like such a great task. Overwhelming, but thanks for making it easier. 🙂 can’t wait to get started. 🙂

    • Andrea says:

      Yea Diana and hubby! I’m so glad to hear that you are moving forward with your preps. That’s my whole purpose for this site, it makes my day to hear stuff like this. Let me know if there is anything specific you need help with. Make sure to keep checking back or subscribe by email for all the new stuff. Thanks for writing 🙂


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