My friend Brown sent me this link a while ago, but I never actually posted it. It's a fantastically interesting question (and article), however:
"Imagine getting a knock on the door in the middle of the night. You have 10 minutes to leave, says the sheriff's deputy, and you don't doubt him. The air is suddenly so turbid that your daughter, who has asthma, is throwing up in the hall bathroom. Ash is gathering like snow on the front steps. You close the door and consider the question that is becoming an existential ritual for hundreds of thousands of people around the world every year: What do I take?"
What would you save from a fire?
As for me, the answer is simple. My laptop. (We are working under the assumption that all siblings and relatives could be safely evacuated and the question really is what would you save from a fire, not who would you save.)