About the author

Lisa A first hand witness to thousands of homes and businesses damaged or destroyed by disasters, Sean Scott, a second generation building contractor specializing in disaster restoration, became aware that survivors were ill equipped to take the steps to recovery. Unaided, or misguided, disaster survivors struggle to successfully navigate the complex process, and so, The Red Guide to Recovery – Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors was born. Used by fire departments, relief organizations, government agencies, and communities across the U.S., The Red Guide to Recovery helps countless people prepare for and recover from disaster events.

Category: Fire, Preparedness Tips

If your house was on fire, what would you take with you?

August 4th, 2012

Earthquake Fire Damage in Napa, California Photo by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.Here’s an interesting question posted on The Daily Post…If your house were on fire, what would you grab first?  Replies to this post give food for thought about how ready you are in the event of a disaster like a house fire.   If you have papers, photos or irreplaceable items, consider a fire box or a safety deposit box.  There really may be no time to grab anything, especially if you are helping kids or pets out of the house.

Here is an interesting project using photos to answer this question…it’s a fair question to ask yourself, how much time it would take to gather all your “important” items?  Within 60 seconds, a house fire will create choking smoke and release dangerous fumes.  Check out this PDF that describes why you need to know How to Get Out Fast and what happens within the first 5 minutes!

About the author

Lisa A first hand witness to thousands of homes and businesses damaged or destroyed by disasters, Sean Scott, a second generation building contractor specializing in disaster restoration, became aware that survivors were ill equipped to take the steps to recovery. Unaided, or misguided, disaster survivors struggle to successfully navigate the complex process, and so, The Red Guide to Recovery – Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors was born. Used by fire departments, relief organizations, government agencies, and communities across the U.S., The Red Guide to Recovery helps countless people prepare for and recover from disaster events.


1 Comment to If your house was on fire, what would you take with you?

  1. I have to say this is one of the best disaster preparedness books that I have read. Many others focus on long term end of the world type scenarios and do not focus enough of the short term temporary crisis needs that many of us will face. I enjoyed how the author focused on all the needs that we have instead of just a couple. I felt very comfortable with the author while reading this book, almost as if I were having a chat with him while having a cup of coffee. Knowing that he has also put to tests many of the things he talks about is also reassuring. It was also nice to see that he states that it is our disaster plan and we should tailor it to our needs and to think about what we are actually preparing for. This book has so much information that I think everyone can benefit from it. Not only does it cover food and water storage but it also covers first aid, respirators, different types of pathogens, heating,air, and a host of other material that is all useful. The author’s candor and wit are refreshing to see in a dp manual instead of scaring the pants off of the reader as many others do. Again, I highly recommend that everyone should read this manual and have it handy in your bug out bag. Share this information with others as well so they will be prepared. Kudos to the author for such a well written book with a cornucopia of vital information.

  2. Shameer on August 24th, 2012