On my mind

Thought Bubble with Just Thinkin out loud in it

With all the wildfires burning out of control in my area, I’ve been keeping a close eye on the news this last week.  If you’ve ready my Why Blog? page, you’ll understand what I mean when I say that the preparedness plate is spinning toward the top pretty rapidly at this point.

Often we hear about these disasters on the news or from a far-away friend on Facebook and think for a minute, “Oh how awful”,  and then pretty soon the feeling passes and we get back to our normal everyday realities.  That’s how it happens until it somehow becomes relevant to us personally.  Well for me, this time it’s a bit closer to home.  I have friends in the path of those fires. Peoples lives are changing by the hour.  We are even gearing up to house some close friends that might need to evacuate.

It’s interesting to me that having my own family ready to evacuate can be a blessing to others.  If I’m not the one using the supplies, that’s ok.  All of the things I store; cots, sleeping bags, blankets, medical supplies, water, food etc can be used to care for others if needed.

You might live in a place that has never experienced a natural disaster of any kind.  If that is the case, you are lucky. But think for a moment that most places aren’t like that, your friends and family don’t live in that utopia and might someday need your help.  They might be fleeing with only what they are wearing.  Will you be able to be their place of refuge from the storms they are running from?  I hope so.

Take care tonight and pray that the winds will be tempered and rain will fall.



  1. Kathy says:

    We’re watching a series of forest fires explode all over Colorado. They are interviewing a young man who had to evacuate in 30 minutes (he was lucky) but had no plan. His house is now gone and he said he feels lost. This blog that you are doing is so important. While we aren’t in harm’s way this time, you never know. Please pray for soaking rains for the forests in the west!

    • ready1 says:

      Amen to that. I grieve for those who will come out of this so lost and needing to start over from scratch…and it’s not just the stuff but emotionally rebuilding will be tough. 30 minutes is not nearly enough to gather thoughts let alone gather a life. We’ll certainly be praying along with you.

  2. Barbara says:

    Since last week, when parents of our next-door neighbor could not move into their house in Saratoga Springs because of the fire evacuations, I’ve known we need to rethink our emergency evacuations procedures. Thanks, Andrea, for providing the basic outlines to jumpstart this process. If only 30 minutes is available (which was only 15 minutes for some in the Saratoga area) there IS no time to think…as you said. We need a plan in place, with everything ready to go.

  3. ready1 says:

    I’m so happy to help. Please keep me updated on your progress and I’m sure you’ll think of things that I forgot. When those things come to mind, post them in the comments so we can add them. Thanks

  4. Pam says:

    My next project is to take a camera into every room of my house and take pictures from every angle, including the closets. Maybe adding a list of stuff in that room with the picture, and storing them somewhere off site – at another family members home, or in cyberspace, haven’t decided yet. Maybe 2 copies would be useful at 2 different places. If we ever had a fire I’m sure that it would be very difficult to remember most of the stuff we had in our house, given the emotional and mental trauma of such an event.
    But as Ready1 mentioned recently, it IS the ultimate decluttering avenue. 🙂

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