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Pick Three Things and Get Out!

May 11th, 2016

The people and communities affected by the fires in Fort McMurray have the world’s attention, and there has been a tremendous amount of support. The authorities have done an incredible job in their efforts to contain the fires, limit loss and evacuate communities safely.

One of the topics my family and I discussed over Mother’s Day was how people had to leave with only a moment’s notice. People from the community that were interviewed by the media talked about how they had to make quick decisions on what grab as they ran out the door. Passports, photos, clothes, water and pets. One gentleman wished he had grabbed his toothbrush.

What three things would you grab if you had only seconds to decide?

waterI keep my family’s passports in a fire safe at home, stock canned goods, flashlights, and other items for a blackout, but admittedly don’t have a ‘grab and go’ kit. In the winter, I have candles, extra hats, and gloves, etc. in my car in case of getting stranded on a cold day, but I’ve never considered an evacuation kit.

For some ideas of what you should have in an evacuation kit, check out this Red Cross link.

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