There are several fires currently burning in and around Spokane, WA tonight. A rather large area of Spokane Valley has been ordered to evacuate and the fire is said to have burned 1,000 acres and burned at least 4 homes. The high winds are not helping matters.
My neighbors and I were outside watching our children playing and looking at all of the smoke to the south and west of us. We began discussing what we would need to grab if we were forced to evacuate and how much notice we would have. Interestingly, my neighbor said that she would only be concerned with grabbing what she, her husband and their three young boys would need to survive for a week. I said that I would grab my important papers, my scrapbooks and photos and most importantly, my computer as it houses my business information, personal information and pictures! I don't know that I would really be able to get my two kids in the car and do all of that running around (as my husband is working late), but I would sure try.
One of my neighbors is sleeping with a suitcase in her room so she can throw items in it if need be. As the fires are still pretty far away and the winds are dying down a bit, I feel pretty safe tonight. This situation does make you start thinking though.
If you had only 5 minutes to evacuate your home, what would be important to you?