I know that 2 weeks have passed since my last post as I have been occupied with various activities both at home and elsewhere. However, I will save those stories for another day.
Although we live in a semi-rural area, bushfire has not ever been regarded as a high risk due to being in a high rainfall area (1800mm or 72 inches is our average annual rainfall) with relatively high humidity and a generally temperate climate. This has changed over the 14 years that we have lived here with longer dry spells, periods of low humidity and an increasing number of days over 30C and even over 35C.
We have been watching the increasing fire emergency with concern for the residents who have been impacted. Yesterday the emergency came too close to home. An uncontained bushfire was burning a mere 10 kms (as the crow flies) from our home. It was posing a threat to properties to the point where people in the immediate area were readying themselves to leave. The threat has eased today but we are mindful that things can change very quickly.
GMan and I have made a physical list of what we would take/do if we needed to leave the property. It is in 3 parts:
1. What we would grab if we had to leave with virtually no warning.
Clothes – long-sleeved top, long pants, closed shoes and socks
Wallet/purse and car keys
Laptop, charger and external hard drive
Phones and chargers
Documents (passports, certificates etc) which are all stored together and easy to grab
Medications and prescriptions – I now have 2 weeks worth stored together
2. What to do before we leave.
Shut all windows and doors
Turn off gas cyclinders
Open chicken run
3. Additional items if we had a little extra time to plan.
Contents of single-drawer filing cabinet
Box of family history documents
A couple of items of value
Some non-perishable food
Chickens (in a large cardboard box)
The overwhelming majority of things on these lists are based on practical considerations rather than any sentimentality. Decluttering over a number of years has allowed me to look rationally at what is really important when the chips are down.
I hope I never have to action these lists but the way things are changing I can no longer leave things to chance.
Please have a plan, stay safe and remember, that above all – it is only stuff. Your life is paramount.