Prepare your emergency supplies bag well in advance of a wildfire or other disaster, and keep it handy so you can take it with you if you need to escape. If you’re going to be away from home for a long time, make sure you plan ahead. Everyone should have an emergency supplies kit that is easily accessible. Except for food and water, backpacks are a wonderful way to store these essentials and are easy to get. It will be easier to transfer food and water if they are stored in a tub or chest with wheels. Make it as light as possible so you can lift it into your car. Make sure to plan ahead of time for COVID-19.
Checklist for an Emergency Supply Kit
- Masks or covers for the face
- Per person, a three-day supply of non-perishable food and three litres of water
- At least two evacuation routes are highlighted on the map.
- Special drugs or prescriptions
- a change of outfit
- Contact lenses or extra eyeglasses
- An extra pair of car keys, credit cards, cash, or traveler’s checks are all recommended.
- Kit for first aid
- Extra batteries, a flashlight, and a battery-powered radio
- Provisions for sanitation
- Important document copies (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
- Don’t forget the food and water for your pet!
If time permits, bring the following items:
- Valuables that are easily transportable
- Photographs of loved ones and other treasured objects
- Information on hard drives and disks in personal computers
- Chargers for cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices
Keep a sturdy pair of shoes and a flashlight at your bedside in case of an emergency evacuation in the middle of the night.