In the event of a surprise storm so big you were ordered to leave your home, what would you and your family take with you?
Jane Wagner: Each other, all the animals, photos (family, not Diane Arbus), other memorabilia that we can grab as we dash out the door. My work, papers, etc., I keep mostly in a white, steel filing cabinet – only the paint will peel (I hope). Lily and I did have a fire in our office, a building dominated by mostly Rap groups (3 Gangsta Rap groups, and one Goth band).
Candice Bergen: Aaarrrgh. I used to live in Malibu in a fire area, and we were always threatened with evacuation when we could see the flames on the mountains nearby. It was a horse area, so people always had their horses loaded in the trailers and the dogs waiting in the SUV. Then in the early morning, the firemen got the blaze under control and we unloaded everything. That was 25 years ago…before Blackberries and iPads and digital photos, which is what I’d take now.
First things I’d take are our dogs, however. Then any artwork I could manage. A few pieces of jewelry. My pills! A few framed photos that matter.
I would want to take my wallet and passport but would probably forget the passport. And a few bottles of water. Depending on the scenario.
Joan Ganz Cooney: I would be optimistic that we’d be back in a few days, so I’d take enough clothes for 3 days, money, purse with wallet and I.D. and emergency numbers, cell phone with charger. I wouldn’t be thinking about robbery, so I’d probably find a lot of stuff gone if and when we got back in the house or apartment. If we weren’t going someplace with a known supply of food and water, I’d take a small supply and hope for the best.