This summer has been so dry and this has caused a lot of concern because of the chance of wildfires that could take place in our area of the state which is the northeastern part of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma City area where my sister lives, has suffered from wildfires for the last month. It is nothing to see smoke rising from different areas around her. Luckily, the subdivision where she and her husband live has not been threatened. We have been watching the news of how some homeowners in subdivisions around the OKC area have been asked to evacuate. I just can't imagine the feeling they must have leaving their homes and not knowing it they will be there when they come back. Many have experienced this already and some have lost everything.
That got me to thinking. What if my husband and I were asked to evacuate because of a possible wildfire threatening our subdivision. What would I take with me that I couldn't bear to lose if I had the time to do so. (say 30 minutes). I didn't have to think long and hard on this one. Besides our two dogs I'd take the things that mean the most to me.
My mother's paintings (38 of them) and family pictures.
Geneology notebooks and scrapbooks of my family and my husband's family that have taken years of research by various family members, including myself.
Our metal file box with our wills and other important documents would need to be taken with us as well. Everything else can be replaced, but not these items. I know it's a horrible thought but what would you take with you if you had to leave your home on a moments notice?
Our area of the state is not under a burn ban since we've had some rain lately, but most of our state is still under one. I'm praying for a wet and cooler fall so the peace of mind for all Oklahomans will return.