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Interesting...what would you take

post #1 of 13
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http://theburninghouse.com/page/17

post #2 of 13
Love the pics and sentiment. Seems like all single people, though. My list would definitely have been more like those per-kids. Now... Golly, that would be a tough one.
post #3 of 13

I would worry about important papers.  As somone who BTDT almost 6 years ago they were the worst to replace.  Luckily I had sent doubles of pictures to my mom over the years so most pics have been replaced but birth certificates, social security cards, marriage license.....

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Some of those lists make me realize how great my life is. I can honestly say that as long as all the living creatures got out of the house, the rest is just stuff. All my photos and papers are backed up and stored elsewhere, it would be a pain to obtain originals of everything but I wouldn't waste any time trying to rescue anything other than my people/pets.

post #5 of 13

Knowing someone (though not well) who died from smoke inhalation, I'd just grab people and get the hell out. She was found on the steps with a box of precious memory type stuff... 

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Knowing someone (though not well) who died from smoke inhalation, I'd just grab people and get the hell out. She was found on the steps with a box of precious memory type stuff... 

 

That is incredibly sad. gloomy.gif

post #7 of 13
My parents' house actually did burn down when I was in high school, luckily we had no pets at the time and weren't home, so there was never any danger to anything but the house & stuff & one vehicle that was parked next to the house.

The things I missed the most are irreplaceable photos & memory stuff (the former is less likely nowadays with so much being digital, but stuff like wedding dresses, antiques or other family heirlooms) & special meaning gifts (a couple special stuffed animals I'd had for years, that sort of thing) and important paperwork like birth certificates and the like that are a PITA to replace. There are plenty of things that are super annoying to replace (like your entire wardrobe), but not that big of a deal, but most "stuff" is replaceable.

I keep important papers in a small fire safe that I would grab if possible once people were safe. I have some memory stuff I would miss, but I wouldn't worry about grabbing it during a fire unless it was literally in my path and I had a free hand. Going through something like that really gives you a whole new perspective about what is important. When I'm decluttering, I literally will ask myself when it is something I haven't used for awhile if I would really miss this if my house burned down tomorrow. Sounds a bit weird I'm sure if you haven't been through it, but really puts it in perspective for me!
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Just a hint to people who use fire boxes or thinking of using them, if you keep them in the basement in a corner, they'll last longer because the concrete basement floor doesn't heat up as quickly as the rest of the house. They're usually rated for 1-2 hours in normal house fire temperatures, but in the basement they'll last even longer and your things will have a good chance of survival. 

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Just a hint to people who use fire boxes or thinking of using them, if you keep them in the basement in a corner, they'll last longer because the concrete basement floor doesn't heat up as quickly as the rest of the house. They're usually rated for 1-2 hours in normal house fire temperatures, but in the basement they'll last even longer and your things will have a good chance of survival. 
Yes, this is good advice, stuff in my parents' basement in fire safes was about the only things that survived. Also, make sure the safes are elevated off the floor at least a bit (~6" should be fine), water damage is huge in a house fire and not something people think about typically.
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This is interesting & related. Called "The One Thing" it is a photo essay by Brian Sokol (in cooperation with the UNHCR) about refugees and what they took with them when they fled.

 

re-combined very nicely here:

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/brian-sokol-unhcr-the-most-important-thing

 

Also available here:

http://www.panos.co.uk/stories/2-13-1564-2058/Brian-Sokol/The-Most-Important-Thing/#

 

It was also posted on the UNHCR web site:

http://www.unrefugees.org/site/c.lfIQKSOwFqG/b.8411119/k.899D/Photo_Essay_The_Most_Important_Thing.htm

 

http://www.unhcr.org/pages/4ab1eb446/gallery-5049ea0d6.html

post #11 of 13

Last year we lived in a place that had a very high wild fire threat.

 

We had a box in the garage next to our car with our must-take items.

1) important papers (in a fire proof box)

2) old family photos from my mother

3) jewelry (in the fire proof box)

 

Additionally, we backed up all of our family photos and videos to the cloud.

 

And when faced with the reality of all of our stuff burning to the ground, it was not that scary.  We had a plan, "Grab the kids, then grab the box if you can.  We will be fine."

post #12 of 13

Some of the things I love most are special decor I love to have decorating the house. Part of minimalizing everything for me was being able to only have on display things I treasured. So I pretty much don't own anything now that I don't really love being surrounded by. I only have a few things I'd want to grab in a fire, and I would get over it if they were destroyed of course, but those are the things I would really miss. (Apart from the obvious- photos, mementos etc. Most of which are converted to digital or in the process- except the most treasured ones which I'm keeping the hard copies of too.) So if I want to be able to enjoy them I have to have them out, so for me it's not as simple as put it all in a box. So I am in the process of writing a list of things to grab in an emergency. Obviously if the house is burning down, then it's grab the kids and go. But the threat where I live is much more likely to be cyclones and resultant flooding and devastation. So generally you have some warning for things like that. Everything else that can be stored is in two small boxes at the moment ready to go, but there are definitely a few special things around the house I would truly miss if they got destroyed. I know because I culled down my belongings to fit into a few suitcases last year. And I was kind of surprised at which things were the ones I really wanted to keep in my life. It's not always the things you usually think would be the worst to lose. It gave me great clarity on what was important to me and what was really just 'stuff'.   

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Originally Posted by skreader View Post

This is interesting & related. Called "The One Thing" it is a photo essay by Brian Sokol (in cooperation with the UNHCR) about refugees and what they took with them when they fled.

 

re-combined very nicely here:

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/brian-sokol-unhcr-the-most-important-thing

 

Also available here:

http://www.panos.co.uk/stories/2-13-1564-2058/Brian-Sokol/The-Most-Important-Thing/#

 

It was also posted on the UNHCR web site:

http://www.unrefugees.org/site/c.lfIQKSOwFqG/b.8411119/k.899D/Photo_Essay_The_Most_Important_Thing.htm

 

http://www.unhcr.org/pages/4ab1eb446/gallery-5049ea0d6.html

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this. Thank you for sharing.

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