Okay, Opus #6 is her psuedo pen name for her blog.
I met Opus #6 in the “Comment Club” on MBC.
She is the brains behind the successful Comment Clubs.
Opus #6 is a mother of 6 kids ages 20 years to 1 year. The first was a girl and the subsequent five were boys. WOW. She deserves a medal or six 🙂 .
Recently, Opus #6 blogged about surviving the California fires.
Everyday, I checked in to see her pictures and hear about survival stories.
The house on the right is where Opus #6 lives. The house on the left, her next door neighbor’s, burned to the ground. See more pictures on her site.
Tips for backing up your world
by Opus #6
As some of you may know, I was a victim of the CA wildfires on November 15, 2008. My house and yard were partially damaged. I have ideas on how I plan to organize my important items when I get back. These disaster-preparedness tips apply to everybody. A house fire is worse than a wildfire, which comes with at least a few minutes of warning. In a house fire, you are lucky to escape with your life. So, assuming that you don’t get to grab your computer, home videos and photo albums on the way out, what is the best way to protect your precious memories?
1. Back up computer hard drives regularly and store the backup offsite, perhaps in a safe deposit box or a trusted relative’s house.
2. Scan all old photo albums that are not already on the computer hard drive, mostly pictures prior to 2001-ish, store data offsite.
3. Go through family important papers and make photocopies of passports, social security cards, marriage/birth and other important certificates to scan or store offsite.
4. Make DVDs of your family home videos to share with family members. Your family will enjoy it, and you will have peace of mind knowing there are copies of your videos in several locations. Or store DVDs offsite.
5. Take the time now to make a detailed video of the contents of your home or apartment, if you have fire insurance. Make sure to open all cabinets, even the kitchen drawers, linen closets and garage boxes. It is hard to remember all that stuff shoved into the back that you use so rarely. Copy to DVD and store offsite.
I used up 5 1/2 of the 15 minutes I had to pack during the fire videotaping my house. If I had already made a video, that would have been better. The next door neighbor’s son made a 5-minute video of his house at about the same time I did. Their house burned to the ground. That video is all they have left. Inadequate at best.
Maybe this would make a good New Year’s Resolution. I have avoided this type of disaster preparedness over the years. Partly procrastination, partly denial that anything like this could ever happen to me. Maybe superstitious fear that doing so would tempt fate. But the reality is that fate already has plans for us. And if we prepare ourselves, we will face the future more resilient and confident. Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Please visit Opus #6 and say hello! She loves comments and she is a really nice blog buddy.