We set a record this year with Colorado’s largest fire in the state’s history before having the opportunity to commemorate last year’s fire of the same notoriety, at the time.
If being disorganized wasn’t headache enough, many Coloradans found themselves panicking to pack the most important documents and possessions in this evacuation emergency.
Are you a residence that has been displaced this year or last? Or were you miles from the fire still caught wondering if you had to go, what would you take?
My family was fortunate in both instances, but that did not stop me from seeing the necessity of taking inventory and making a plan.
So what are some simple steps you can take now to prepare a plan and alleviate panic, at least to some extent?
1. Take pictures and/or video of your entire home, garage, and outbuildings. Go room by room, taking pictures of the rooms as a whole and up-close pictures of high-value items. Try to get a close, still shot of the serial numbers. Burn digital pictures to a CD or download them to a USB drive.
2. Gather your important documents into one place along with your photo inventory. Important documents include: Social Security cards, passports, vehicle titles, birth, marriage, and death certificates, high-value receipts, financial information, wills, deeds, and previous taxes.
3. Create an evacuation list. Again going room by room, what would you grab? What is truly irreplaceable? Organize your list by priority. What would you grab if you only had 10 minutes to evacuate? What would you grab if you had up to 30 minutes?
Evacuation List 10&30 min Note this template comes in the important documents binder.
A few hours of preparation when the stakes are low will greatly improve your ability to implement your plan. When a true emergency strikes emotions are running high and panic has set in.
MAS Movement LLC offers emergency evacuation planning as well as an Important Documents Bbinder for easy storage, general access, or to grab and go.
As always, MAS Movement LLC offers a free one hour consultation to assess your needs.