posted on Apr, 27 2011 @ 11:22 PM
I'm not sure how many of you are aware of the unusually dry conditions, we in most of Texas are suffering. As a result, there have been vast acreages
and numerous homes destroyed by fire.
Years ago, due to a fire near my hometown threatening an explosives manufacturing facility, we were evacuated from our home. That situation developed
very rapidly, with no waring, in the middle of the night. There was only time to grab important documents and leave. We didn't really have time to
think about how to respond, we just reacted. Fortunately, within a short time, the fire was controlled.
Fast forward to April 26, 2011. This time a grassfire started within a mile of my dad's home, while he was away. I got the call that the fire was
moving away from his home, however the winds were gusting to 40 mph and the fire was uncontrollable and unpredictable. When I arrived, I estimated the
fire had passed within about 500 yards of his property and 1000 yards of his home. Of course, I continued to monitor the situation and set water
sprinklers around the house, wetting the grass, trees and house.
Within about 45 minutes, I went back to where the fire has passed the closest and found it had reignited and was now roaring within a couple hundreds
of the fenceline. Now what? Well, I decided it was time to start moving important things out the house. While someone else called my dad to find out
about the locations of valuables and important documents, I began loading photographs into pillow cases. That was the only way I could think of to
quickly get them out. Once I'd filled all of the pillow cases, I unfolded sheets on the beds and just piled things on them. It made it fairly easy to
carry out large amounts of things. Overall and surprisingly, it went pretty smoothly. The important and irreplaceable things were safely in vehicles,
in case the fire got too close.
Fortunately, the fire was controlled within about 400 yards of the house and everything was safe. My reason for putting this up is to make all of my
ATS friends and acquaintances consider what they would do, in a similar situation. How could you quickly get your important things out of
danger? Where are you important things?
From experience, I can tell you it makes a difference if you can keep things together. Of course, photos on the walls and shelves are scattered
throughout your home. But, I'd recommend boxes and albums of photos be kept together. The same goes for documents. My dad and I both have safe
deposit boxes at our banks, where we store really important and valuable things. But, things like the keys to those boxes and other important papers
will, in the future, be kept in one location.
I don't have the answers, but hopefully, you will take some time to consider your situation and make the appropriate adjustments. But, here's to
hoping you never have to act on them.