As an adult I continued to wonder what to do in the event of fire - our apartments frequently had fire safety drills so it was often top of mind. And I would mentally run through a fire drill just to see what I would save, if I could save anything.
Not surprisingly, over the years, it varied little.
In order of importance and in the order I would "save" it, here is what I would take:
- My guy (assuming he was incapable of saving himself) and my pets - I refuse to move any living being I'm responsible for down to #2 on the list.
- My loved ones' ashes.
- My computer + portable hard drive - it has all my photos and home videos on it. (Yes, I digitized most everything.)
- My wallet - identification, bank card, credit cards, cash are hugely important items.
- My keys - to either return home or to get into my car.
- My phone - to call loved ones to assure them I'm okay and to let them know what happened.
Of course if I had more than a minute, I would stack my furniture dolly with my 3 bins of photo albums and scrapbooks and keepsakes/mementos. And maybe grab my Kindle.
Everything that has real value to me that is non-living I could fit in a small backpack. Everything is in easy reach should I have to vacate quickly.
While I may need other things to live comfortably - clothing, bedding, toiletries, some furniture and electronics - they are all replaceable.
And while I might feel a financial loss at their absence, or be annoyed that I had to buy them again, I wouldn't miss them. Not really.
Which is why this is a test that I need to "run" often, especially when I am feeling particularly forgetful.