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    Default if you had just 5 mins....

    if you had to leave your home (and quite possibly NEVER return) and you had just 5 mins to take anything with you..... would you be able to grab everything that was of real importance to you...(obviously you would have to leave behind the family heirloom furniture)....

    and what would you take....and what would it break your heart to leave behind....

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    I would of course make sure that myself, DH and DS are the top 3 priorities, after that would be the dog and cat.

    Stating the obvious above I would first grab our lock box that has important documents and cash in it.

    Extra clothes and shoes for everyone
    Blankets
    Several gallons of water
    Any food I can grab from the stockpile room, including the pet food
    1 photo album
    Sewing basket
    Towels
    Our Storm emergency kit (flashlight, batteries, candles, can opener, etc.)
    Medicine and first aid kit

    As far as everything else, oh well. It's all stuff and just things. It would blow to lose the video games and all the dvd's, all of my books, the new furniture, the kids toys and things but those can all be replaced eventually, our lives and survival can't.

    ... I would like to add that I am quite sure I could get all of the things above plus some in five minutes. When you are given a half of a days notice to evacuate for a major hurricane and you realize you could darn near empty your own home during that time because of how fast you were moving and how scared you were, you'd be surprised at how much you can actually "get" when you really need to get it and get it fast. Thankfully at that time, the evacuation order was canceled due to the storm turning just when I finished loading everything up in the vehicles.

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    My family, my photos & camera, things my kids have made/baby mementoes.

    Everything else is replaceable

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    I would grab:
    1. file of important papers
    2. clothes and meds.
    3. scrapbook of important pictures (they can't be replaced)
    4. As much food and supplies from the stockpile
    5.blankets
    6. my dog Mac

    I would also have the kids grabbing clothes and whatever the wanted of their personal items. This was very interesting to think about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khjmom View Post
    This was very interesting to think about.
    as much as I always talk about getting stuff organized, I never really get around to it. Little things like storing all photos together in an easy to grab bag would be easier than the way they are scattered around here right now.

    This has made me think too.

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    1) meds
    2) firebox with papers in it
    3) first aid kit
    4) 1 bag with pants, socks, boots, sweater, shirts, extra glasses ( maybe some jewelry ( for barter?) )
    5) food and water
    6) sleeping bags and tarps
    7) daughter's Urn with her ashes in it ( if theres time)
    8) antique metal box with old family photos ( if theres time)
    Last edited by thefrug; 01-23-2009 at 07:24 PM. Reason: spelling...of course lol

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    What I grabbed might depend on why I was leaving - fire, flood, etc. But I would want most of all:

    Purse
    Meds
    A few clothes
    Laptop
    Two or three photos

    That's not 5 minutes worth. Beyond that it would depend on the time and circumstances.

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    Both safes with all our important papers.
    My purse. (license, credit cards, health ins.)
    All of my photo albums and photo CD's.
    Extra socks, blankets and coat. (I'm always cold)
    The two large plastic bottles we keep souvenirs in. (tickets, key chains, memorabilia)
    Medications

    These things would come to mind first.
    It would break my heart to leave behind:
    Hmm...I like/love everything in my house but
    most of it is replaceable.
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    Our fire box has all of our important papers and photo cds burned with copies of all of our pictures. Our family lost everything in a fire when I was 16 and the only thing I miss are the pictures. I was still in my pajamas the day of the fire so I had no clothes or shoes to wear that day until friends gave me some so definately clothes and shoes. Nothing else would really matter to me.

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    I'd get my family out and if I had time I have all my photos in a box. Anything else, even the stuff in my purse is replaceable.

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    Ditto to TexasPeanut.

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    In addition to much of the above I'd grab my recipe box. A lot of family memories wrapped up in those babies.



    Last edited by Darlene; 01-24-2009 at 08:48 AM.

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    We have backpacks ready for evacuation, as well as a couple plastic totes. These include survival gear, clothes, our important informaton and papers scanned onto a zip drive or CD (we did this with our photos and have them in a bank safety deposit box).

    Now for the story.... My husband's brother-in-law was working on the Teton Dam and was on the top of the dam when it collapsed June 5, 1976. If you have a copy of LOOK magazine, that's him and his little pick-up truck on the top. People downstream from the dam had that proverbial 5-minutes to get out. One story always stuck with me about one woman who grabbed her pooch and her coffee pot (without the cord, no less). So unless you HAVE a plan, you're not likely do make good use of that 5 minutes.
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    We have bug out bags -- so we'd be getting all the people out, and grabbing the bug out bags only. All my photos are backed up online, all important documents are in a safe deposit box at the bank.

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