Monday, September 20, 2010

Almost Evacuated.

Today's post is a little late...




I got to put my 20 minute bug-out list to the test.


A wildfire in my little town of Herriman consumed 10,000 acres, 4 houses and injured 2 firefighters. At last count, 1600 homes were evacuated. The evacuation included homes 2 blocks from ours and we knew we would be the next group of homes evacuated. We didn't get evacuated (yet) though it's noon and they still haven't lifted the evacuation and the fire is still burning. It's contained, but if it gets hot, or the wind picks up things may change (I hope not on all accounts.)


Since we'd just returned from camping, we left the trailer hooked up, emptied and reloaded it last night at  8 PM.

While Rockstar was handling the trailer, Littlest Monkey was asleep, and Big Monkey was watching Ice Age, I went to work on the 20 minute list. Here's my grade:

B+

+ The list included everything we needed
+ Everything was where it was supposed to be
+ I could do it all by myself
+ I remembered the combo to the safe without looking

- It took me 4 tries to remember the safe combo
- It took me 45 minutes because I fixed things as I went
- Several items needed to be packed better

Things I fixed:
The stuff in the safe wasn't easy to grab. I put all the loose items in one easy to grab bag.
Photos/memorabilia weren't together. Photos were in boxes that were too little, or overflowing the boxes. I put the photos in a suitcase, and repacked it so it's all together in the same spot in the closet, and in fewer boxes to cart up the stairs.
I hadn't taken the time to do a video inventory of the house. After I packed us, I made a video, logging all the items in the house.
I didn't have a tote downstairs in the office for the electronics. I put one big enough to handle the items next to the desk, and labeled.

We had several hours to get ready. Some of the people evacuated had minutes - not 20.

So...
If you had 20 minutes to get out, what would you take?
If you weren't home, would your spouse know what to take, and where it is?

My 20 Minute Evacuation List hangs on the pantry door, lists the item and where it's located. (ladies, be specific, you KNOW there's a difference between doing a Boy-look v. a Girl-look)

I'm adding a list in the applicable rooms (i.e. office) of what that room contains and what needs to go.

Survival Test. Passed.
Next time. I get to Ace it.

10 comments:

  1. Hi! I am a new follower from Monday's blog hops. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog. Blessings...
    Saved By Love Creations

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  2. Hi, I'm your newest follower from Monday blog hop! Lovely Blog. You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

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  3. Oh goodness. I am glad I have not had to do the 20 minute test. Hope everything turns out okay! Thanks for linking up with us today. I'm returning the follow from the Thrifty Things.

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  4. Wow THAT IS SO SCAREY! THAT IS A GOOD THING TO THINK ABOUT -WHAT WOULD YOU TAKE? THANKS FOR LINKING UP AT MAKING FRIENDS MONDAY! I AM NOW FOLLOWING YOU. I LOOK FORWARD TO READING MORE FROM YOU. IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY, I HOPE YOU WILL STOP BY AND FOLLOW ME TOO! HAVE A GREAT WEEK! www.livingonloveandcents.blogspot.com

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  5. Visiting from Monday Meet & Greet.
    Great idea!
    You are reminding me to repack my Go Kit... I emptied it out a few months ago when one of the stashed water bottles sprung a leak (a 3-gallon). It was ugly--but at least contained in the RubberMaid tote!

    http://whoisthegrownup.blogspot.com

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  6. OH MY GOSH THAT IS SO Scary. I had that too. They sent us a reverse 911 call. It was so scary to get the call to get out of your house. :(
    You don't think about what you would grab until it is too late and you have no idea what to take. I had all my priceless objects by the front door. YIKES.

    I am following you back from last weeks FMBT. Sorry I am a bit late, but better late than never right? :)
    Have a great week.
    Cindi
    Little Yayas.

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  7. Hey there...following you from MMM blog hop! :)

    Great, valuable post. I had a house fire two years ago, so I do know how important it is!

    Kristin
    Keenly Kristin

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  8. I found you over at SITS. Those are some incredible pictures you posted on here. My SIL lives about six blocks from the evacuations and we went up there that night to check on them. That fire was so scary to watch. It made me think a lot about what I'd grab and I'm working on a list of my own.

    Have a great day!

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  9. Wow, tooo scary. I have no clue what we would do. I guess this is one we should plan.

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  10. I think you did outstanding! You were more prepared than I am at the moment. Thanks for sharing. Disasters happen when we least expect it. Glad your family is okay. Lots to ponder, I am sure. Best wishes!

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