Evacuations Because of Wildfire

Leaving your home in an emergency is always a hard thing to do.  A lot of us have made plans and considered what we would take with us in case of TEOTWAWKI.  But in the last couple of days numerous families located not to far from me have had to leave because of a wildfire.

Now do you take the same things with you in this kind of scenario?  Me I have two lists.  I have good fire insurance on my belongings.  Many things including food can be rapidly replaced.  In an evacuation for a wildfire, there is a fair chance that I may return home and find everything intact.  However if I don’t, I need my important documents, financial records, insurance policies etc.

I would grab a minimum of preps, go to a family member’s house and contact my insurance.  The things that I would take would include the family pictures, a laptop, a hard drive and some irreplaceable family keepsakes.  Consider what you would need to bring your life rapidly back to normal.  This may include business records, tools for your work, pets or other animals.  Everyone of us has different priorities depending on our family status, our age and financial circumstance.

Be flexible in your planning and consider all the different scenarios.


6 thoughts on “Evacuations Because of Wildfire”

  1. Matt in Oklahoma

    I recently scanned all the family documents to thumb drives and stored one copy in the tornando storm shelter sealed in tupperware and another at another family members residence.

  2. Matt in Oklahoma

    The toothfairy just brought me a couple of ammo cans so the tupperware will be replaced by one for a more sturdy watertight environment

  3. Kate in Colorado

    The recent Colorado wildfire in Colorado Springs taught me many valuable lessons.The fire was started on Saturday afternoon and was south of my location by many miles “as the crow flys”. Even though it was “over there” I began to put my ecavuation plans into motion. First the “go bags”,check. Then the important papers,check. Extra food and water and the rest of the “checklist” was put into action. Step one of the check list was done and since the fire was still “over there”, we weren’t on any specific evacuation orders. As the days progressed and the fire moved up the Ute pass and throught the wild canyon lands I continued to load the secondary wave of belongings, such as family art work, photos, family heirlooms, into a second vehicle. Check. Now I turned attention to the horses. After many years as a horse breeder, I am down to five horses and several had not been loaded into trailers for quite some time. On Monday I made the choice of not moving them out of the valley as the risk of them geting injured in the transfer was high. That was nearly a fatal mistake. Because the fire was still “over there” and we had not been issued a pre-evacuation order I thought I would have plenty of time to load and be gone. Wrong. The dry thunderstorm which developed over a very short period of time dropped 65 mile an hour winds and within less than an hour the fire jumped two canyons over the heads of firefighters and was driving through the entire northwest quadrant of the city at the speed of one mile every twenty minutes. With the help of very loving friends we managed to load two of the mares and then faced the fact that the three others would have to be left behind in their arena with water and food. The smoke was blinding, 65 mile and hour wind driven embers were pelting us, and the screams of terror from the horses nearly overwhelmed me. We went from fine to nearly disaster in less than an hour. As we left, we were engulfed in traffic attempting to be evacuated. It took over and hour and a half to move less than a mile and a half. Had the wind not died down when it did, the roads would have become a deathtrap for literally thousands of people due to the lack of egress from the area. Lesson learned. The disaster is never “over there”. Never underestimate the speed at which YOU can become engulfed in a life threatening situation.

    1. Thank you for your post I think it is a valuable one for a lot of people. Most people have no idea of how fast a fire can spread. I hope your home and your horses are ok.
      Thanks Howard

      1. Kate in Colorado

        Thanks Howard,
        We are all fine, only through the grace of God. Home and horses came through, but I still can’t believe this city was spared further damage. I urge everyone really look at their plans over and over and react as if your life depends on it. We seldom get a second chance.

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