365 Day Blog Post Challenge 2019
41. If you had to evacuate your home because of a natural disaster, which of your possessions would you bring with you?
This is a topic that has crossed my mind on many occasions. Living in earthquake country, it is hard to not think about how you would react. I’ve often thought about what I would grab if the “big one” actually were to hit.
We are extremely unprepared when it comes to a natural disaster. Unlike most people that live in this area, we do not have a stash of water or food to hold us should we need it during the aftermath of an earthquake. My parents on the other hand have enough emergency supplies to cover their whole neighborhood, so our plan is to find our way to their house and camp out with them as long as needed. Probably not the best plan, but that’s what we are going with right now. I do think it would be beneficial for us to put together at least a small bag that we could grab. At least have a few articles of clothing and some basic toiletry items. I think about doing this all the time… and yet, I still have nothing. I’m sure it will be one of those situations where I’ll be thinking “I should have” after it is to late.
To be perfectly honest, the only thing I can think of that I would want to grab and get out safely during a natural disaster is our cat Chrissy (and she is not really a “possession”). I am not entirely sure how that would work, because she does NOT like to be held, so once I got her safely outside, I have no idea what I would do with her. We do have a crate that we use to take her to the vet but that is stored out in the garage, so I wouldn’t be able to get to it.
I am not sure how I feel about the fact that we really do not have any possessions that are worth worrying about. I would say pictures, but the majority of my pictures are saved on an online site, so I have backups. I do have some older pictures and some things like old report cards and other misc. memorabilia, but I am not sure I would be overly devastated if they were to be lost. We have nothing of real “value”, which I guess is sort of sad, but yet kind of refreshing as well. It seems the less you have, especially the fewer high value items you have, the less worry you have, so I’m okay with having very little.
On a practical note, there are a few things I would grab if we had to had to evacuate our house during a natural disaster. My purse (or just my wallet), a change of clothes, Chrissy and car keys. There it is… my very short and boring list.