Friday Fun…Name Your Top 5

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Friday Fun…Name Your Top 5


Yesterday was the beginning of the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season. However, hurricanes alone are not the only reason why we may be asked to leave our homes at a moment's notice. Sometimes, you may be forced to stay away overnight or longer.  Yesterday I wrote about making a plan. So let's have some fun and exercise your dendrites!


If you haven’t made a list of what you would take if you had to leave your home with very little notice or time, I hope you’ll take 10  minutes and make that list now. Pets and family members aside, what are the first 5 items that popped into your head?


Years ago we had to leave Delray Beach when Hurricane Andrew was on its way. We had the luxury of some time to decide what to take. 



However, when panic sets in, we need to have a written plan. Something we can view on our devices or on paper that will tell us what to grab when our minds our going wonky. 

There is a QUICK TAKE list I have in the kitchen that will tell me what to grab when my mind is racing. It tells me what to grab and where the items are.


Is this obsessive?  Probably but I know that when I’m thinking “Let’s go” that list is my guide. 


So, did you think of 5 items you’d grab???


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Comments (19)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Probably a computer, a phone. After that the material things become slim Pickens, because as long as I have my health and my well-being, and my ability to make money, I’ll be alright


Jun 02, 2023 04:46 AM
Kathy Streib

Laura Cerrano I love your attitude!!!  Material things can be replaced but our health is very precious. 

Jun 02, 2023 05:28 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

No way, I'm ready... I'd really need to think about four of these items... since my #1 would be to grab my Mr Marlow and Bingo.

Jun 02, 2023 05:03 AM
Michael Jacobs

And your husband too, right?  Nina Hollander, Broker 

Jun 02, 2023 06:37 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Michael Jacobs oh my goodness, Michael! I never gave Chris a second thought! Ooops.

Jun 02, 2023 07:15 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Michael Jacobs my fur babies, of course! The hubby can look out for himself.

Jun 02, 2023 07:47 AM
Michael Jacobs

Nina Hollander, Broker - 🐕 or😸 or🤵  I won't ask you to prioritize.  🙃

Jun 02, 2023 07:21 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker for a small fee Michael Jacobs and I will keep mum about your not listing Chris!!!! LOL

Jun 02, 2023 05:29 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathy Streib and Michael Jacobs oh no worries... Chris knows the situation, as do our daughters!

Jun 03, 2023 05:48 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. My medicine, my laptop, money, ... It will come to me later. Likely I should make a list. Enjoy oyru day.

Jun 02, 2023 05:14 AM
Kathy Streib

Wayne Martin   You did well but yes...make that list. 

Jun 02, 2023 05:31 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Too much practice!

1. My zip lock bag of insurance and important papers.

2 lot of cash

3. Wedding album of pictures ( or leave it up on a protected  high shelf).

4. 3 days of clothes minimum, meds, etc.

5. My video of the entire house and it's contents.

Jun 02, 2023 05:20 AM
Kathy Streib

faye schubert I love your tips!!!!!  I hope you'll expand this into a post!!!  I keep telling myself to scan my photos but it's taking a long time!!!

Jun 02, 2023 05:41 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, luckily, no worries about hurricanes, but have had a few thunderstorms with hail and possible tornadoes.

Jun 02, 2023 06:01 AM
Kathy Streib

Good idea to make that list Joan Cox 

Jun 02, 2023 05:42 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Although this would be a serious situation Kathy, right now I'm hungry so for sure lots of snacks would be on my list!

Jun 02, 2023 06:20 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I hear you!  The last hurricane we were in (in FL) we had chips, peanut butter, cookies, and much more. 

Jun 02, 2023 05:44 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Sadly, most of us would not be able to grab all of the documents we should take in an emergency.

It is a good idea to photograph our furnishings and important personal property. 

Jun 02, 2023 06:40 AM
Kathy Streib

Good idea Roy Kelley It's important to think about it and make a list. 

Jun 02, 2023 05:46 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have thought about making that list from time to time, but never actually made it.  Partly because I have never had the need to grab a few things and go but I wonder what would happen to my life if my home went up in flames, haha.

Jun 02, 2023 06:42 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England I hope you never have to worry about it but still...make a list!

Jun 02, 2023 05:47 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Wallet, golf clubs, photos, anything the wife wants me to take, and cash. Great information. Thanks for sharing, enjoy your weekend. Bill

Salvatore Arizona Elite Properties.

Jun 02, 2023 07:10 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley Thank you and I'm laughing a bit at the golf clubs!!

Jun 02, 2023 05:56 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

It would definitely be wise to make a plan that is written down because you won't be thinking straight. I like faye schubert mentioning insurance papers, important papers and cash!

Jun 02, 2023 07:43 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX Hi Dorie, that's the thing. We never know and we won't be thinking straight!! I loved what faye schubert added. 

Jun 02, 2023 05:57 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Kathy Streib 

It depends on the severity of the reason to move on. 

1. A Pocket Bible

2. Phone (with solar cell battery to recharge it)

3. Medicine

4. Important papers (ID, passport, license, DD 214, VA ID)

5. My bugout bag

Jun 02, 2023 07:56 AM
Kathy Streib

Doug Dawes I do have my bugout bag too. Always have it handy!  Thank you for sharing your 5!!!

Jun 02, 2023 06:00 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Boy Kathy if I had to get fire items to take with me would be, 1.  Check Book, 2. Medicine, 3. metal box that has all are value papers in. 4.  Cellar phone charge 5.  and my WIFE

Jun 02, 2023 07:59 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm Love your 5 and I won't tell your lovely wife that she was #5 on the list. LOL

Jun 02, 2023 06:01 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

My laptop, phone, charging cables, clothes, and credit cards.

Jun 02, 2023 09:10 AM
Kathy Streib

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 isn't it wonderful that because of our devices, we have a lot of the information we need in one place!!!  During Hurricane Katrina, a man was waiting on his roof (he did not want to evacuate) and he left his wallet and everything else in his home. 

Jun 02, 2023 06:04 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I would have a very hard time in listing my top 5.  I think I need to add a "0" to that.

Jun 02, 2023 03:17 PM
Kathy Streib

George Souto better start on that list!! LOL

Jun 02, 2023 06:05 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

This is a great exercise.  I lived through Hurricane Carla.  The water came up to our doorstep.  We were without power for a week.  This is not a fun season.

Our issue where I live now in Sedona could be a fire, and it could be where you had to leave fast.

We are the only Firewise community in Sedona and the Verde Valley, and we just had a rescue team give us an hour talk on what we should do.  To be ready to evacuate. 

We don't get tornadoes, but if I lived in an area with tornadoes, I would have a go-bag packed with everything.  I keep a portable 12-volt battery in my car for emergencies already. So one less thing to think about.

Jun 02, 2023 04:37 PM
Kathy Streib

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® oh yes, I remember Carla...I stared out our front door at the rain coming down. I have a bag ready to go as well.  That's a good idea about the 12 volt battery!!!!!  

You know all of the refineries south of Houston? Several years ago there was a chemical leak and people in the surrounding area were asked to leave. They had no idea when they would be allowed back into their homes!


Jun 02, 2023 06:09 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I think it is important to store important things in a place where they can be easily retrieved, and quickly gathered.  In my case, that's important family records, photos, medications, etc.  Oh, and credit cards - If you lose everything, you're gonna need to go to Walmart!🙃

Jun 02, 2023 08:10 PM
Kathy Streib

Myrl Jeffcoat You are right on track!!!  Records, medication, credit cards and cash...definitely needed. 

Jun 03, 2023 06:03 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 02, 2023 08:12 PM
Kathy Streib

Myrl Jeffcoat thank you for featuring this Old Fart in the Old Fart's Club. 

Jun 03, 2023 06:04 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  no brainer for me : 1. Two cats & a dog 2. Diane's & my Laptop, 3. Diane's & my cell phone, 4. our secret stash of emergency cash... 5. the emergency food and drugs for the animals and Diane's drugs for her well being.... and a bonus our AMEX:)Endre

Jun 02, 2023 11:19 PM
Kathy Streib

Endre Barath, Jr. I'm glad you included Diane on your list!!!!!  Poor cookbooks... but they can be replaced. 

Jun 03, 2023 06:07 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.

Haha Kathy Streib and lots of other books besides the cookbooks:)))Endre

Jun 03, 2023 06:15 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I need to keep more cash in the house.  you never know when the atms and internet will go down and then no credit cards.  I needed gas the other day and their service was down - cash only

Jun 04, 2023 04:59 AM