The last press release has the Black Forest fire at 75% contained, which is a lovely number. Some evacuees have been able to go back in, but others are still waiting. Mr. Steve and family are doing well, all things considered. They're being deluged with gift cards and the like and looking for a rental home in our area. Know anyone?
One thing that the evacuees have to deal with, those whose houses were spared, is some nasty clean up. Think about it. Those homes have been submerged in smoke for days with no power. Care to open any of those fridges and freezers? They're nasty. NASTY nasty. So nasty, there are special dumpster areas just for spoiled food.
As I was watching the news updates last week, an insurance rep gave some recommendations. These included having a physical inventory of all the stuff we own. She recommended taking photos or walking around our homes with a video camera to record it all.
A lot of people, myself included, tend to think, "Oh well, it's not the 'stuff' that's important", and we would probably remember most of the high dollar items. But as I made a mental trip through my house, I realized that little things add up.
For instance, since I work out of the house, I've built a small library of books and other reference materials over time. They don't have sentimental value, and I probably wouldn't remember each item. But as a whole, it's significant and would be a task to replace.
I'm also reminded that we do a bit of "prepping", with a small zombie apocalypse stash going on. Just how many buckets of grains and other provisions do we have now? Heck if I know!
The rep said to make sure to hit every room, even closets. And don't forget the garage and tool sheds. Open drawers and cabinets.
"Good idea!", I thought, "I'm going to do that". Sure beats writing everything down. Then I looked around my house and thought, "No way I'm recording this mess..."
So I've been doing some *ahem* tidying of my own... THEN it will be video time.
After you make YOUR video, if disaster was headed your way, what would you be grabbing on your way out the door?