We have just been told to gather only three things from our home, as we are being rushed to a waiting boat to take us to higher ground and then to a different country to get us to safety.
I grab our family photo album
I chose the photo album because the pictures represent moments in time that can never be recaptured. My children will never be babies again. I will never hug my Grandmother next to the Christmas tree again. I will graduate from college again but not with my first degree. So having that album with those memories is priceless and cannot be replaced.
I need my medication because it is important that I can stay healthy on this trip.
Our important documents
My documents are important in proving who I am.
We arrive in our new country and we're told that only one of the articles, I have, can be brought into the country. What a dilemma ! What shall I do, what shall I do? I remember, I took pictures of all of our important documents and placed them in the photo album and I inserted copies of my prescriptions in the album too!! Whew! The choice is easy. I'm keeping the photo album.
The insights I gained as a result of this exercise are that I'm not as prepared as I should be for unforeseen disasters. My family culture has always been to trust in the Lord and he will take care of you. I believe that and I know the Lord gives us common sense to know that stuff happens. I do have my photo album close at hand but when thinking of emergency preparedness, I now will insert copies of birth certificates, marriage license, medical information and social security cards in the album. Better yet, scan everything to my computer and save it to a zip drive.