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What to take in an emergency

Hi readers, it’s Emily and William here thinking about what are the 5 things that we would take from our home if there was an emergency and we had to evacuate quickly.

I, William would take my ipad, my phone and my diary. I’d also take a picture of me, Emily and Debbie at Hardy’s monument and my mug which says 50 on it. The most important is the ipad because I use it so much.

For me, Emily, I would really struggle to decide about what to take. Things like my phone would not be so important as it can be replaced but I can’t replace personal items like pictures or family jewellery which have memories. I would probably take pictures of my brothers wedding, a necklace and ring of my Nans. Even though the necklace is broken, the fact it comes from her is important to me. I might also grab my teddies which are 32 and 31 years old!

The first thing I would do though is check that everyone else was ok in my home.

The thing I, William, would be most sad to lose is my carriage clock, which I have always had wherever I have lived. It’s a small one and I keep it on my bookcase on the top. I can’t remember where it came from but it’s special to me.

We wonder if you had to leave your home in an emergency and were only allowed to take 5 things (which you could carry) what would you take? Maybe it’s a good idea to think about it in case it ever happens, but we definitely hope that never happens to any of us. Right, we are off to check our smoke alarms…!

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