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How to Prioritize An Evacuation List

By June 29, 2012 No Comments

The current fires in Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, and a small fire in the hills above my own Farmington home a week ago have motivated me to update our evacuation list. It is always better to plan an evacuation when your mind is clear, rather than during an actual life threatening event.

I made an attempt to update our family list yesterday, but I don’t feel it’s done. However, I shared it with my daughter and she encouraged me to post it anyway to get people thinking. 
Every time I do this activity, I realize I am not as prepared as I’d like to be. Makes me a bit crazy. However, at least we are improving. If someone were to knock on your door and say you had a few minutes to evacuate, would you be ready?

Honestly, I have never evacuated. So this activity is something I have to imagine, and it always gets my heart racing. Even though I don’t have a baby anymore, I assumed I could be watching one of my grandchildren, so you will see baby things on the lists. 

How to Prioritize an Evacuation List

  1. List the most important items you want to take with you. Just brainstorm and start writing.
  2. Then divide the big list into four smaller lists. What you would take if you had 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes or 1 hour to evacuate. Use your imagination.
  3. Then arrange your items within those smaller lists in the order you would grab them in your home to save the most time. I decided to go upstairs, and work my way down. You may not have an upstairs. So choose a part of your house to go to first.  
  4. If you end up with 15 minutes to evacuate, then grab items on both the 5 minute list and the 15 minute list based on location. Or if you have 30 minutes, grab from the 5 minute list, the 15 minute list and the 30 minute list. And so forth.
  5. Practice the evacuation with your family. (We still need to practice).
  6. Copy the list several times and post in various locations in your home.

To really understand, look at my –
Prioritized Evacuation List Instructions.pdf printable to download
Prioritized Evacuation List Instructions.xlsx printable to download

Below is an Example

5 MINUTES
UPSTAIRS
External hard drive
Safe (docs/cash in black bag)
MAIN FLOOR
Baby bag
Child’s stroller
Dog leash & Pet 72-hour kit
Car/house Keys
Shoes/jacket
Purse or wallet (you need ID)
Cell phone
FRONT CLOSET
15 MINUTES (add these)
UPSTAIRS
Glasses/Contacts/Retainers
Prescription meds
Cell phone charger
Pants, shirt, underwear, socks
MAIN FLOOR
Laptop (kitchen)
FRONT CLOSET
Case of bottled water
Family memory bins
Sleeping bags
30 MINUTES (add these)
UPSTAIRS
Journal
First aid kit (linen closet)
Family portraits
MAIN FLOOR
Cooler with snacks
Violin
Blankets (FR basket)
FRONT CLOSET
Blue water jug
Tent
Lanterns
Radio
Porta-potty
Batteries
1 Hour (add these)
BASEMENT – BIG CLOSET
Scrapbook
bins #1 – #7
BASEMENT – CAMP CLOSET
Camp stove and fuel

Air mattress & pump

GARAGE
Chain saw
Shovel

See my older post here.

Valerie

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