Top Ten Tuesday: What to Save?

by Kristin on April 17, 2012

This last week, I received a call from my mother who wanted to know, “What would you save in the event of a fire?” Apparently, they had quite a bit of land and homes in her area lost to a spreading fire in the neighborhood. I thought about this question quite a bit this last week. I was thankful that my mother did not have to decide what she would grab, but I am sure it was a scary situation to be in anyway.

So, let’s assume that you have time to decide…. *** IF HOWEVER YOU DO NOT, the first thing you will want to do is SAVE YOURSELF and YOUR FAMILY!

So, lets start with that as the obvious!


Save yourself and your family if fire is too near or in your own home. Nothing is more important than YOUR safety and that of your family (pets included)!!

(Now, if you have time… think about what you would want to save. My list will be different than yours, so I would be interested to see what is on your list!)


Any time I have talked with someone who has lost everything in a fire, the one thing I hear more often than not is, “None of us even have shoes or clothing.” So, you will not have time to save your entire wardrobe for sure… how about jumping ahead of the “what if… ” game and be prepared ahead of time. Fill a small suitcase with a change of clothing or two (with shoes) for each member of your family. Add a blanket and some snacks and water for good measure, and store it in the trunk of your car!

Not only will you be happy you did this, in the event of an accident in your vehicle, where you may be stranded, these extra clothes and provisions could be the difference between life and death!


Memories… I would need to save my Scrapbook albums for sure. I know memories are what you carry with you always, but I have often told my peeps that one day they will be happy that I was a scrapbooker!


All our important paperwork. We have all of this in a fireproof safe, but if I had time, I would certainly be grabbing social security cards, licenses, insurance information and whatnot.


My purse – more specifically, my cell phone and charger. The chances that your home phone will no longer exist for calls, a form of communication would be detrimental!


All of my bills. I fear that if I lost everything, I would not remember who to call for the regular payments I make on a monthly basis. One less headache to think about anyhoo!


My address book. Oh sure… this would be easy to replace, but wouldn’t it be easier if I could just grab it?


My grandmother’s ashes. Obviously, most things can be replaced… but there are those things that could never be.


All of my boxes of photos.


Definitely would want to grab my bible. It is something that has been with me on my entire walk with God. Not that I couldn’t find comfort in another bible, but you know… it’s mine! I found it shortly after I found HIM.

Thanks to Angie for hosting Top Ten Tuesday!! Love you sister!


Angie @ Many Little Blessings April 17, 2012 at 2:09 am

It wasn’t at our house, but when there was a fire alarm that was going off at a condo we stayed at in December, I grabbed my laptop and purse while waking up the kids. I will admit, however, that a security guard had already indicated that they didn’t think it was a fire. I worried about water damage if the sprinklers went off though.

I was, of course, at home for this latest fire incident, and I don’t even know what I would try to take. It was far enough away that if it had started spreading, we would have had a little time to make those kinds of decisions. That would be difficult with so many choices. We were definitely keeping an eye on the fire and its progress.

Kristin April 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

Glad you didn’t have to decide what to grab. Love you!

Christine April 17, 2012 at 9:48 am

This is a great list & great reminder. Last week, there were some large brush fires about 40 miles east of me but also happened to be in the woods behind my friend’s house. He said they were running around gathering important things. Luckily, they were never in true danger but it was close enough.

And it’s funny you mention keeping a packed bag…I used to do that as a kid and kept it near my bed at night. I was afraid of our building buring down and have memories of every neighborhood fire being watched by people in pjs, robes & slippers. I wanted to be prepared.

But this is a great reminder to keep certain things in a central location! I have birth certificates & social security cards and the like together. But I should add a list of bills with account numbers, personal phone numbers and an extra phone charger or something.

Kristin April 17, 2012 at 10:03 am

Glad to share this list then Christine! Hopefully none of us will ever have to utilize it!

Mom April 17, 2012 at 11:29 am

Great list! While it got closer to us than I would have liked-we were all safe and so was everyone in the homes that were lost. The added benefit was it was during the day.

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