My Fire Drill

by Kim on May 8, 2011

Fire-save-photosI had my own little fire drill the other day at my home/office. There was a small fire in the neighborhood and a wild fire 5 minutes away. In 15 minutes, I had all my current customer’s photos & videos packed in the car – along with all my backup hard drives, my personal un-scanned boxes of photos (90% of my personal photos and videos are archived and stored off-site), my laptop, my cell phone, and the important folder with insurance info. Not bad. Fortunately, the fires were put out very quickly and there was no need to leave.

What did I learn?

  • Before I returned everything to it’s proper place, I made a list of the things that I need to collect in case of a fire or any emergency. There is an excellent document that explains how to protect your home and prepare a checklist. It is called Ready, Set, Go
  • I added a few things to my list, such as I would have grabbed the quilt my mother made and the ones that I made for my kids. I would have grabbed just a few more practical things, like medications and phone chargers.
  • I’m taking time from our busy customer workload to finish archiving my personal photos (along with a few that are framed and hanging on the walls).
  • I’m going scan in all my personal documents (insurance policies, account logins, corporate paperwork) and get them onto a DVD to store in our safe deposit box.
  • I’ve taken current photos and video of my house and office to help settle an insurance claim in case there is damage. I also need to do some sort of inventory for insurance purposes and update this yearly to put off-site.

I’ve adopted a policy of only taking in customer’s photos and videos¬† as I’m working on them. I don’t want a situation where there is more located in my office than I reasonably deal with in an emergency. I back up daily what is scanned and have other materials stored in a fireproof safe if possible or ready-to-go packing at the end of the day if it won’t fit in a safe.

I realize how precious these memories are. “If your photos have anything important to say to future generations, it’s this: I was here. I existed. I was young, I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture.” These are indeed moments worth remembering and safe-keeping.

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