What to Pack
When wildfires rage, it’s critical that you and your family are ready to evacuate.
Perhaps the most important thing to bring with you: a GO BAG full of emergency supplies. Go bags exist to save you from having to run around and gather what you would need to survive for several days after a disaster:
- One gallon of water per person, per day
- Three-day supply of non-perishable food per person, and per pet
- Your family’s prescription meds
- Extra clothes
- Cell phone charger
- Phone number list (on paper) in case your cell phone loses power.
- Extra cash
- First-aid kit
- Prescription eyeglasses
- Infant formula
- If you have young children – stuffed animal, favorite blanket, crayons, coloring books, puzzle books.
- Shoes, wallets, purses, car keys should be in a known place, in case you have to evacuate in the middle of the night. You may not have time to look for them.
Have a Plan
How will you evacuate the residence? What vehicle will you take?
If you lost power, would you be able to get your vehicle out of the garage?
Do you have a friend or family member, in or out of the County that you can stay with?
If your family was separated, do you have a lifeline person in another county or state that each family member can call to let them know they are safe?
The CDC revised its guidelines last spring to include the following items with all emergency bags:
- Cloth face coverings (at least two per person per day)
- Hand sanitizer
If you have time now, create digital copies of important documents such as birth certificates, insurance policies, and passports.