Teri Hurly of Minot, North Dakota, found the McQ & A page in our September/October issue very timely. In it, the McCall’s Quilting staff was asked what 5 items from our sewing spaces we’d take with us if an emergency evacuation was ordered. Teri recently found herself in a real-life emergency evacuation situation, and wrote to us about her experience:
“On June 20th at about 7 pm, most of the city I was living in got notice that we had 48 hours to move everything out of our homes in preparation for a flood. As we worked feverishly to box things up and get the city moved, the time was decreased to 36 hours because the water was going to come sooner than we thought. So, the question, “What 5 things do you take?” hit home really hard.
I couldn’t find it in my heart to leave a single thing in my sewing area. It all went as quickly as possible into the few boxes that we could find for sale in the city. Every empty drawer was filled, as well as garbage cans and huge construction bags. Thank goodness I already store all my stash in plastic containers as the reality of an emergency evacuation is that you couldn’t buy a plastic container to move stuff in if you had all the money in the world. I grabbed every quilt book, pattern, spool of thread, scrap of fabric, and tool I had as fast as I could and headed for the hills.
A little after 12 noon on June 22nd the water breached the dike. It went to the ceiling in my garage, 6 and a half feet in my sewing room, and the water got up to the upper one third of my kitchen cabinets and ruined everything in the entire house. But I SAVED THE FABRIC STASH! If you’d like more details about our town’s emergency, check out Flood, Minot, North Dakota on the internet.”
Teri, we are so glad you and your stash are safe! How about the rest of you…have you thought about what you’d take along if your sewing area had to be evacuated? Tell us on our Facebook page or leave a comment here…we’d love to read your thoughts.