Items to have in your house in case of emergency

Wildfires can burn quickly, consuming most anything in its path.

That means if you're in its way you won't have much time to escape.

That's why you should have a "Go Pack" ready at all times in case of an emergency.

Here are the items you should have ready to go, according to the American Red Cross:

At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:

·         Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

·         Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

·         Flashlight

·         Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

·         Extra batteries

·         First aid kit

·         Medications (7-day supply) and medical items

·         Multi-purpose tool

·         Sanitation and personal hygiene items

·         Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

·         Cell phone with chargers

·         Family and emergency contact information

·         Extra cash

·         Emergency blanket

·         Map(s) of the area

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

·         Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)

·         Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

·         Games and activities for children

·         Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)

·         Two-way radios

·         Extra set of car keys and house keys

·         Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

·         Whistle

·         N95 or surgical masks

·         Matches

·         Rain gear

·         Towels

·         Work gloves

·         Tools/supplies for securing your home

·         Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes

·         Plastic sheeting

·         Duct tape

·         Scissors

·         Household liquid bleach

·         Entertainment items

·         Blankets or sleeping bags



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