Put together your emergency supply kit long before a wildfire or other disaster occurs. Keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you if you have to evacuate. Plan to be away from your home for an extended period of time. Each person should have an accessible emergency supply kit. Backpacks work great for storing these items (except food and water) and are quick to grab. Storing food and water in a tub or chest on wheels will make it easier to transport. Keep it light enough to be able to lift it into your car.
Emergency Supply Kit Checklist
Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person (One gallon per person, per day).
Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
Prescriptions or special medications
Change of clothing
Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks
First aid kit
Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
Don’t forget pet food and water!
Items to take if time allows:
Easily carried valuables
Family photos and other irreplaceable items
Personal computer information on hard drives and disks
Chargers for cell phones, laptops, etc.
Always keep a sturdy pair of shoes and a flashlight near your bed and handy in case of a sudden evacuation at night.
For more information on emergency supplies, visit Ready.gov or FEMA.