My first thoughts are to grab my children, computers, purse and run. With more consideration, I also want to take more things such as the family Bible, the photographs, maybe some clothes, water, etc. At this point I realize I am not at all prepared for evacuation.
Floods, fires, hurricanes and other calamities have forced this decision on many people. While survival is the goal, if you do have a chance to save items, preparation is the key. We need to
be ready with:
- Easy to locate, preplanned items
- Food, water and clothing
- Cash (will ATMs work during the crisis?)
- Family history back up materials
I know I am not ready to evacuate my house. I do not have the right things stored in the right places. I do not have the backups in place I need. I also know the regret I would feel to lose these items. And, I am an amateur at evacuation.
Yet, this step is critical for us if any of our historical research is to survive. So, I investigated a few sites for information and have listed the links below.
These sites are just starters. Everyone has unique belongings and what may be important to me may not be as important to you. Yet, it behooves us to plan ahead so we can live with satisfaction that we did the very best we could.
And, let me know your thoughts on what you would take. It may be something I would want to take along, too.