You are being evacuated - What do you take?

@blondbat (504)
United States
April 9, 2007 3:00pm CST
So far this scenario has happened to me twice in the past 2 years. The last time was in February - both times because of brush fires. The price I pay for living in Southern California I guess. So what would you take? I grabbed the pets of course! The cat was really really unhappy as I crammed her into her carrier - she HATES that thing! As we were not yet manditorily evacuated this time, I did not empty my closets, but I grabbed my lock box and unplugged the computer so they would be good to go. I did pack a big canvas tote with a bunch of stuff, including some things I had been paid for but had not yet sent to some people in another forum, some jewelry I had made and been paid for but had not delivered, and some personal items. It was kind of hard to think anyway, so I am sure I would have left a lot of things I would have wanted later. I just have sooooo much "stuff"!
1 response
• Gabon
9 Apr 07
For me, I'll get my family first. Once they're secured, then I'll get the important papers (passports, ID's, shares, bank notes, etc) that I usually kept in a locked fireproof box. And after my laptop, and other small electronic stuffs that are easily grabable and can fit in a backpack. But if it is happen to you twice already, why didn't you consider moving to another place where it is more secure? I guess brush fires usually happens during the summer right? It must feel awful to have been evacuated in a hurry like that, and twice...
@blondbat (504)
• United States
9 Apr 07
Believe it or not, although I have lived in So Cal all my life, this is the first time I have ever been this close to a brush fire. They do happen all the time all over the area, so unless I bug out of the state entirely I will probably be somewhat close to one at some point. The first one, last Feb was just a string of events that weren't supposed to happen. OC Fire Authority had just finished a controlled burn, but hadn't extinguished all the long taproots. Next day here come the Santa Ana winds and poof! This Feb's was a car-b-que on the side of the Toll Road on a hot Santa Ana windy day, just a coincidence!