What do You do When you get Reverse 911 while on Vacation?

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.


About Mike

I have a passion for adventure travel that began in 1989 with my first overseas trip: climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Having never been to a foreign country, Africa felt like being on another planet; I knew then and there I was hooked on travel. Since that time, I have visited all seven continents and dozens of countries. I’m using the experience I’ve gained in planning my own trips to help my clients plan their own adventures through my adventure travel company (http://www.offtrailtravel.com). After working as a firefighter for the US Forest Service in California and Wyoming for three years, I moved to Durango, Colorado where I graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in accounting. After graduation I moved to the Denver area where I worked in a Big Eight accounting firm to obtain my CPA license; soon afterward I began a career as an auditor with the Colorado Department of Education. My background in accounting helped me develop detailed-oriented skills that have been extremely useful in researching and planning my own travel over the years. I think this provides a unique asset to my clients in putting together their adventure travel plans. I currently live in Golden, Colorado with my wife Valerie, who shares my love of adventure travel. I’m an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club where I lead trips for club members and have taught ski lessons in their Telemark Ski School. I enjoy skiing, mountain hiking, trail running, photography, and astronomy. I take any opportunity I can get to explore new places, whether it’s on the other side of the world or just down the road.
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