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What would you take with you in case of catastrophe ... Answered

Hi =o)

Kiteman's story made me wonder that :

If, in the middle of the night, you had to leave your home very quickly (in a matter of minutes) because of a coming great catastrophe (hurricane, flood, fire, alien invasion ...), and given that everything you'll left will be definitively lost, what would you take with you ?

Personally, I think I'd try to take :
- my cat (despite that's probably not the most rational decision as I don't have a box to carry her safely)
- a bag with my most important administrative and official papers
- my USB keys with all my work
- my cellular phone
- a flashlight
- and maybe a bottle of water ...
And if remains enough time, I'd probably try to gather as much things as possible into my backpack/rucksack ...

What would be your list ?

edit : of course, it's obvious to me that none of us would abandon someone he/she loves ! ;o)

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bedbugg2

11 years ago

dang...this has really got me thinking lol

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bedbugg2

11 years ago

hmmm, i would...carry my laptop so i can play css, my mobile, my lotr book, as many presents from under the tree as i can and ride my bike away from the disaster

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zieak

11 years ago

Where i live there is almost zero chance of fire (temperate rainforest), earthquakes tend to damage structures not built to code, flooding would be tough (the ocean is not far) and we live on inside waters so a tsunami will either completely surprise and devastate us or have plenty of warning and not really impact us. Hurricanes are not possible and droughts - well, see the rainforest part. If i worry about anything it is a pandemic. And that would impact my home and all of us. I've been thinking of getting prepared for some global epidemic - but not in a panicky Y2K way.

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trebuchet03

11 years ago

So my pants pockets are full before I go to bed... In my pants at any one given time:

Pocket Knife w/ wrench attached to a bright white LED key chain
Wallet, including ID and a small amount of cash
Cell phone
Car Keys

Occasionally in the pockets:
Pen w/ blue LED and red laser
Digital Camera


Things to grab - probably depends on the nature of the disaster :p
Tin foil in the event of invasion
Water in case of fire
Moon Shoes in case of earthquake
:p

seriously though - I'd probably take things for survival on top of what was in my pant pockets - especially when damage will be wide spread. Water for sure. I'd grab my external hard drive to save pictures - but that's really it.

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Kiteman

11 years ago

I hadn't really thought about this until the story Choose linked to.

It turned out that, after family and enough clothing to walk out the door in, all I'd have to rescue would be my Archos, because that holds all the same photos as my PC and laptop. Everything else can be replaced - after all, I pay enough for the insurance.

Given enough leisure time (say an extra 2 minutes), I'd pick up a couple of my multi-tools (although I always have one in my pocket anyway), my phone and my camera.

It may be harsh, but I wouldn't even take pets if it was a large-scale event - too many people have died trying to save animals with no genuine function.
(Example)(Another example)

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NachoMahmaKiteman

Reply 11 years ago

. hmmmmmm My pets have a very genuine function (companions) and, while I've never been put in the situation, I have no doubt I would risk myself to save them. They have proved they will do no less for me. But I like most dogs more than I like most ppl. :)

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zieakNachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

I would try to grab my cats but i have 4 of them which would be one under each arm for my girlfriend and i. We have one pet carrier - a very large one. My cell phone is probably most important. It has all of my bank and credit card numbers and phone numbers to call in case of loss. Then my laptop. I keep my records in a filing cabinet which is metal and having been a volunteer fire fighter i'm pretty sure they're fairly safe unless the house burns to the ground.

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T3h_Muffinator

11 years ago

A muffin and my best friend, Ellen.

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Spl1nt3rC3ll

11 years ago

Depends of the catastrophy. A fire is different then a bad storm, a disease outbreak (possably undead, I'm serious) is way different then a sudden invasion by another country, etc. My priorities would change with the event. My main things would be: Important documents Wallet (though in some long lasting catastrophies, money counts for nothing) If I can, some treasured personal items Flash drive with important data food (if possible) Water (if possable) Survival guides(if possible) Anything else in reach My dog.I don't care what you think, but I'm not leaving her. She could be usefull, and she is always conserned for my safty and protection. She is a loyal companion, and would help keep me company in isolation. *I know I am forgetting a lot of things*

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LinuxH4x0r

11 years ago

My family of course, my leatherman, zippo, phone, flashlight, knife, a couple 100 dollars (don't have a credit card), and as many other things (heirloom type things), and my dads truck. Family and survival first, then other valuables (things that you value, not things that are valuable). Like Goodhart said, loved ones can not be replaced.

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VIRON

11 years ago

Not a cell phone but a CB. Cell phones don't work in catastrophes. And I wouldn't bother to carry much "papers" or data either, except on a microfiche. I'd prepare to start over. Out with the old and in with the new.

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Goodhart

11 years ago

My wife, and if I had children, them too. Things can be replaced, heirlooms are part of one's memories, but one's loved ones can not be replaced.