Well, Valerie and I were enjoying a nice long ski weekend in Aspen when we got word that there was a brush fire burning on the hills right above our house. We checked our phone messages and found a reverse 911 from the city fire department warning people in our neighborhood to prepare to evacuate. My first thought was: OK, now what do we do??? Do we throw the stuff in the car and run home or do we wait to see what the fire does?
We decided that since we probably couldn’t get back in time, we’d try to call neighbors/friends to see if someone could go into our house and grab a few valuables. We immediately realized that we did not have the phone numbers of any of our neighbors. So we started calling just about anyone we knew to see if they could help. Of course, being a Sunday, nobody was home so we have frantic messages left on numerous answering machines around town. So, for now we’re just waiting to see what happens.
This incident really gets you thinking about what to do to protect your valuables while you’re on vacation. In the future, we will probably give a trusted friend or neighbor a key to the house and instructions on things to grab if we get another fire scare. We’ll also make sure we have phone numbers of people we can contact so we’re not scrambling around trying to look up numbers in a phone book or online. The one thing I’m really glad we did was backup all of our computer files to an offsite server using Carbonite. We used to use an external hard drive as a backup, but if you have a fire, the backup will probably burn up just as easily as the computer itself.
Well, the news is reporting that the fire appears to be burning away from the neighborhood, so it looks like we’re OK for now.