Our friend scolded us for not doing all the things they should have and didn`t. They lost all their ID and credit cards and had no record of everything to recreate their identities in a fireproof safe or off-site. A company is trying to salvage her home business files off what is left of her computer and her backup got fried in the fire. They had no storage of photo negatives or CDs of digital images away from their home. They had not checked all the batteries in all their smoke detectors, so only a few were working. They had not done a photo or video inventory of everything in their house - but it was always on the list of things to do. They had not ever planned an emergency escape procedure to get out of their house if necessary. Luckily they had a cell phone next to the bed - because, by the time they were aware of the fire, the house phone system was already down and they couldn`t use it to call 911.
It was an emotional evening - but an educational and "real life" lesson. All of us need to consider the things our friend did not do - and put the steps into action to make them happen. Luckily, they - and most of their pets - are alive and unharmed physically. Still, the process of putting their life back together is going to be a long and difficult one.
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