As some may know my family recently was faced with potentially having to evacuate from my town due to a forest fire. Luckily this did not occur although it was very close. My wife and I have written evacuation procedures that were helpful to have as often you may become too emotional to think clearly. Although we had a plan our lessons learned review did note some holes. 1) We have bug-out bags packed but over time some items got borrowed and were not returned in a timely manner. As a result we had to go looking for some items. 2) We usually attempt to always have at least 1/2 tank of gas in the car but this time we did not. Had we needed to evacuate there may have been long lines at the four gas stations...if in fact the stations were open. 3) Our cell phones were not fully charged. 4) Our main destination in this case would have been to go to a larger metro area 45 minutes away and stay in a hotel. However, our emergency cooking method was not practical for such a place. Details and Solutions: 1) We need to either get better at putting any borrowed items back or invest in duplicates of items such that we never have to borrow from our BOBs. We are mindful that some items can be expensive to have duplicates of but it is better to have them then trying to find them if we had in fact needed to go. 2) This was a case of inattentiveness and usually we always have enough gas. We will strive to remedy our inattentiveness but to help mitigate the situation I opened an account at a cardlock gas station that has pumps available 24 hours so we are less dependent on a gas station needing to be open. 3) We have a typical place where we keep our wallets and keys and need a place to do this for our phones so that they are always charging when not in use. 4) Staying in a hotel would have been a reasonable solution for us but to help keep costs down we would have utilized our emergency cooking supplies tote which has a small gas stove, some fuel along with other items. We realized though that using a stove that burns fuel is not practical (and possibly not legal) in a hotel with windows that may not open. We are in the process of acquiring a portable electric hot plate type stove which we'll keep in our emergency tote in case where we evacuate to has power to use. Overall I think we did fairly well and I also noted some successes: 1) All of the photos we take are digital so everything is kept electronically. We often get physical family yearbooks made but an electronic version is kept at the time we create the book on-line so we always have backup copies. 2) Critical family documents, insurance policies, certificates, etc. etc. are already scanned and we make any updates once a year. 3) We have a complete home inventory of our appliances, electronics, etc. and have photos of everything in our bookshelves, on our walls, etc.