Living where we do in the foothills, amongst the trees and beauty of nature means that we may at some time be faced with the threat of wildfire. What can we do to be prepared if that time arises? Well, let’s think about your situation. Do you have pets,  medications, pictures, and important documents? Of course, you do! We all have something we couldn’t bear to lose or at the very least would make life difficult if we did.  Let’s make a list and prepare a bag now while there is no immediate threat. My emergency checklist may be different than yours so really think about it and make changes as needed so you don’t have to think about it when under the pressure of evacuation. Get your emergency go bag ready, NOW. Here is a sample checklist. Print this out and hang it up where you can easily see it. Place items in a bag or laundry basket where they are easy to grab on your way out the door.

Pack your go bag so you can grab it and go!

EMERGENCY EVACUATION GO BAG CHECKLIST

Important documents

  • Birth certificates

  • Driver’s license

  • Social security cards

  • Passports

  • A list of personal contacts

  • Proof of insurance

  • Pink slips for cars

  • Deed to your house

  • Life insurance policies

  • Passwords

  • Thumb drive/memory card

  • Laptop

  • Other___________________________________

  • Other___________________________________

  • Other___________________________________

Supplies

  • Fire extinguisher

  • First aid kit

  • Flashlights

  • Extra batteries

  • Phone chargers

  • Food and water, 3 day supply

  • Other ______________________________________

  • Other ______________________________________

  • Other_______________________________________

Medications- prescription and non-prescription

  • _______________________________________

  • _______________________________________

Pets

  • Carrying crates

  • Medications

  • Food/water for three days

  • Leashes

  • Food bowls

  • Other __________________________________

  • Other __________________________________

  • Other __________________________________

Personal items

  • One change of clothing and shoes for every member of the family

  • toothbrush/toothpaste

  • Hairbrush

  • Other ______________________________________

  • Other ______________________________________

  • Other ______________________________________

Items that cannot be replaced

  • Special photographs

  • Family Recipes

  • Other ______________________________________

  • Other ______________________________________

  • Other ______________________________________

Other items to consider adding to your emergency go bag

  • Eyeglasses, contacts, contact solution

  • Infant formula, wipes, bottles, diapers

  • Sleeping bags or blankets and pillows for each person in the household

  • Feminine hygiene items

  • Paper plates, bowls, plasticware, cups

  • Paper and pen

  • Books, games, puzzles

Click here for a printable version of this checklist