Woke up this morning to the sound of the fire department banging on my apartment door at about 10:00am. I answer the door in my shorts and he says a construction crew broke the main gas line right outside our building and we need to evacuate. He says to grab our pets and "anything else we might need." I didn't know how long we would be out of our home so I woke up my girlfriend, grabbed an empty backpack and started packing in my half-asleep confusion. I managed to grab: My glock, my wallet and keys, a bottle of pain pills (recent surgery), my glasses case, and that was pretty much it. I grabbed my dog and my girlfriend grabbed her cat and we were out the door. I asked how long it would be and the fireman we talked to said a few hours at least. It ended up not being a big deal, we dropped our animals off at the vet my girlfriend works at and went out for lunch and a walk and by the time we got back they were done repairing it and were checking the air quality inside the individual buildings. Even though this turned out to be nothing too serious it definately got me thinking if something really bad had happened (i.e. fire), even though we'd have a place to go it would be great to have everything we needed for a few days (or even a few hours). Just thought I'd share, you never know how underprepared you are until you're in a situation you never thought you'd be in.