I’ve been hearing the reports of the dreadful fires out west and the numbers of people who must evacuate their homes, not knowing if anything will be left to come back to. I ponder. Where do they go? What do they take with them? Do they have packed bags similar to when a pregnant woman is waiting to go to the hospital? Do they get enough warning to pack a bag?
Thinking about that has caused me to think about what I’d put in a bag if I had to evacuate, assuming I’d have enough time to pack one. I’d definitely want to take the family photo albums with me. But necessities like clean underwear would also be a priority and a supply of my medicines. Money and credit cards would also go with me.
Fortunately, where I live we don’t hear about the need to evacuate very often. Sometimes when the rivers are up, folks have to evacuate until the water goes back down. If you live in a flood plain, you pretty much know what to do and where to go. Shelters are set up in schools and/or churches located on higher ground. Still, it must be a very unsettled time.