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Disaster Preparedness: What would you take?

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We recently had a fire in the town where I live. 250 homes were burned and people, with the high winds fanning the blaze, had minutes to flee.

Let’s say everyone is safe (including the pets). What would you grab and save?

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31 Responses to “Disaster Preparedness: What would you take?”

  1. Isabel Panks says:

    Follow your blog as usual, great article

  2. Alice Khicho says:

    We live in earthquake country and this post will help me allot.

  3. Rosella WEISS says:

    We live in earthquake country but have fires too. Thanks for the post and I’m going to get my family photos ready to go.

  4. Sup Everyone. I am new here. I’ve been browsing around this board for a few weeks as a guest. I found it has helped me allot. I’d save a pile of personal correspondence and love letters. There’s also some creative writing, drawings and stuff that I’d be REALLY sad to loose. If I lost them, it’d set me back decades.
    Thank You.

  5. Scott says:

    Ashley,
    Thanks for leaving a comment on our blog. Because it wasn’t just a spam, I left your link. But your link doesn’t work so…
    Btw, If you want to grab your photo albums in case you have to run from a disaster, keep them in an easy to grab container. Perhaps a large tub from Walmart or something similar? The tub will also add some protection from water.
    Come back to our website often. I update the blog all the time with interesting stories etc. In fact, right now I’m in Hawaii consulting on a mural project that has mold in a historic building.
    All my best at work and home.
    Scott, Author
    How To Save Your Stuff From A Disaster

  6. Just like Adrienne, considering that every loved one is safe, I will save the photo albums (from my own kiddie albums up to the present family albums, everything)!

  7. Thanks !! Very helpful post! I’ll get the book.

  8. Sony Bilgi says:

    Thank you very much

  9. Good blog post, I bookmarked your blog and clicked on the RSS feed so I can visit again in the future. There’s great info here for public and business offices. Thanks

  10. Allan Brechner says:

    Seems like you have placed a lot of hard work into your post and I enjoyed poking around to the many features of your site. I don’t really have anything to contribute or a question, I only wanted to comment on the great site and thanks for the useful info. I’ll sign up for the RSS feed.

  11. Archie Polek says:

    This subject is not so easy to find. And thanks for the free info to download on your site. RSS feed is convenient. Thanks for a great posting.

  12. George Huls says:

    Your blog is awesome! I found it on Yahoo.

  13. Scott says:

    Thanks for contributing Andrienne. I agree with you and the photo albums. Making it a part of your business is genius! Sign up now for free preservation tips at the top of the home page.

  14. Obviously, wedding pictures and memories are super important to preserve and save… so I’d be sure to have my wedding album ready to grab and go, as you put it. But your idea of having a copy in some other location is genius. Thanks for the info and reminding me to do something!

  15. Ziya Fortunato says:

    Nice blog. I got a lot of effective info. I’ve been keeping an eye on this blog for awhile. It’s fascinating to hear your stories and see how I can use the tips in my business. Thanks

  16. Evageline says:

    I’ve got photos, passports, kids school work… I suppose the usual. I’d sure hate to loose those things. Thanks for the info. I’m going to check out your book.

  17. Scott says:

    ken @ Sharp Electronic Organizer
    Comment: This is some great information. I live in Sacramento California and we are constantly being told that the next major disaster is going to happen here. It’s good to be prepared.

    Ken,
    Thanks for coming by the blog and leaving your comment. I try to continually put on new and interesting stories from the daily happenings in our lab. Tells others about it.
    Scott

  18. Udmo says:

    Thank you for good suggestions. Will continue to come back to blog.

  19. Scott says:

    Thanks for commenting. The things we talk about are happening in our lab daily. So stay in touch. I hope to keep it interesting and I want each entry to contain helpful hints you can benefit from. Check out the FREE downloads on the site.

  20. Jaime Gonzales says:

    I like your post, the fact that your site is a little bit different makes it so interesting, I get fed up of seeing the same old boring recycled stuff all of the time.

  21. Charisse says:

    Love your site and its given me some ideas for our wedding business. Wedding pictures are so important and people need to be informed on how to protect and save them if there is a disaster. Great post. Thanks. I suppose your book is full of good ideas…

  22. Hey Tupperware Lady,
    You should talk to me about some of the really great uses of Tupperware products for archival storage and emergency preparedness. You represent a great product.

  23. My iPhone, socks, bag (which is always prepared for theese situations) and my guitar :)….

  24. My iPhone, socks, bag (which is always prepared for theese situations) and my guitar :)….
    Tupperware Lady´s last blog .. My ComLuv Profile

  25. Mom says:

    Excellent blog you have here. I’m a long time reader, but haven’t commented before, I just had to say how much I enjoy the site. Where did you get this WordPress theme? Is it custom? I really like it.

  26. Becky Frankz says:

    Had no idea about this… thanks

  27. Joe says:

    This is a tight lookin theme

  28. Scott Haskins says:

    Good comments everyone!

    Genene mentioned that it seems like a big project… but it can be a little project of just starting with some major priority photos like:
    1. Your BEST wedding photos
    2. Ancestors
    3. BEST kid’s photos…
    and leave the rest for when you have more time.

    Get the photos in a cheap Walmart acid free archival album (Pioneer makes a good one)and keep the albums where you can find them.

    If you have a bunch of albums, store them together in a Tupperware tub with a lid (NOT a cardboard box!). That’ll make quick removal from the house easy.

    Good comments about duplications. more on that later…

  29. Genene says:

    Hmmmmm, certainly makes me think! Mostly think that I haven’t ever thought that question through before and I’m not prepared very well. Gee thanks Scott, another BIG list to tackle! ;-) I guess computer, pictures, my Enagic machine… underwear maybe. I gotta think some more.

  30. claydancer says:

    I’d save my photos, my hard drive and my cd backups. But, it’s true. Everything is not as organized as I would like. Right now, all my photos are at my mom’s and I wouldn’t be able to get to them. Ideally, I would like to have digital and hard copies of everything and have an extra set stored with someone else, including possible online. Off course, the time to back up everything is what I am lacking.

  31. Lidia says:

    A few months ago there was a fire not too far from here & I could see the flames for many hours. At that time I got myself mentally ready to flee if the winds changed. I put all of my photo albums together in one place, was ready to take the computer, external hard drives & dvds where I had stored other photos, pictures on the walls & artwork. Too many thinks were scattered far & wide in the house! It was a real eye-opener

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