Having just survived Hurricane Dolly, I discovered a couple of things we should do to be prepared if we have to evacuate. Photos and an inventory of all your belongings is important and should be put on disc, which I have been lax in doing.
Also, in a "bag to be grabbed" should be copies of your User Guides for appliances, etc. When I purchase an item I staple the receipt to the book and keep them all in a large ziplock bag. I need to put these items with the pictures and VCR tapes of personal family experiences. (I also haven't put them on CD's as I don't know how to do it) Also, copies of insurance policies should be there too.
I was lucky and didn't have any major damage except for a bowed vinyl fence, which is fixable. A lot of neighbors lost shingles and the whole area suffered wind, flooding and power outages for several days. I guess we don't think about this until it happens to us.
By Ruth from Harlingen, TX