I did this today. Into a laundry basket went:
- Three baby books
- The watch my late FIL gave my husband
- Passports and birth certificates
- Binder of negatives
- My three favorite quilts
- Work Mac and Personal PC
And then the police told us that the fire near our house was under control and we didn't need to evacuate.
The fire was so close that the local TV news was broadcasting from our gate, the same gate The Pinks walk through to pick up the school bus. We could see the scene from our gate as it played out less than a half mile up Mt. Diablo.
The Pinks were scared at first. Then we listened to the dispatch on firedepartment.org and watched all the fire crews put it out. And then we had dinner and went for a swim.
It's summer after all.