Cal Fire

Get Your Go-Bag Ready For An Emergency

Kim Wonderley
November 17, 2018 - 1:03 pm

With the California wildfires grabbing the headlines, it's an important reminder to get an emergency kit packed. In the unfortunate circumstance that you need to flee a natural disaster, you may be wondering what essentials should be stuffed in your go-bag. 

An emergency kit is supposed to help evacuees survive for at least three days, so the first items to amass should be water and food. 

Experts recommend a gallon of water per day for each person. Those quantities will make it the heaviest part of your bag. For food, think about nutrition bars, nuts and dried fruit.

A first aid kit is essential as well. Although stockpiling medication may not be possible, it would be wise to stash copies of any prescriptions you may need filled. 

Don't forget to include a flashlight, batteries and cellphone charger. As far as electronics, a battery- or solar-powered crank radio is a great choice. Many versions available on Amazon have features like built-in phone chargers, flashlights, compasses and an SOS alarm. 

It can be hard to know what you'll need in the event of the unexpected, but making copies of important documents like a passport, driver's license, deed to your home could come in handy. For insurance purposes, you may want to make photos or video of the valuable possessions and store them on a thumb drive kept in a Ziploc bag. 

Masks to filter out dust and pollution from smoke are another good idea, given the frequency and severity of wildfires in California.

Parents with children may want to pack games and puzzles to keep the kids busy during stressful times. 

Lastly, you may want to have one kit in your home and another in the trunk of your car, because you never know where you'll be when trouble arises. 

For more tips, check out readyforwildfire.org, which was created by CalFire.