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How to prepare for an emergency evacuation and what to take with you

By in Press Enterprise on October 10, 2017

By Daniel Tedford, Suzanne Sproul, Staff report

As the Canyon Fire 2 continues to burn in Anaheim Hills, and other fires ravage Northern California, now is a good time to consider your emergency and evacuation preparedness.

Preparation is important, safety experts say, when it comes to taking the edge off anxieties and also lessening the blow if tragedy happens.

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services recommends that everyone become familiar with their risks and tailor a family disaster plan with them in mind. Remember those with special needs, such as seniors or infants, and also any pets. Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation or basic first aid from a local hospital or a chapter of the American Red Cross.

How to prepare for trouble

In Southern California, as recent wildfires have painfully demonstrated, emergencies can happen in an instant and get out of control just as quickly. Here are some things you can do now to prepare for emergencies you may encounter later.

Here is a checklist for things to put together and try to take with you should you be forced to evacuate:

What to take
(Time permitting)

  • Photographs of all family members.
  • Food and water (for up to seven days, if possible).
  • Pets (if advance warning, take to an approved shelter).
  • Pet ID tags, medications, leashes and water bowls.
  • Change of clothing for each person (for one to seven days).
  • Cell phones and chargers.
  • Health and car insurance cards and related documents.
  • Property deeds.
  • Marriage license.
  • Tax papers.
  • Birth certificates.
  • Drivers’ licenses.
  • Checkbook, credit cards, cash, wallet, purse.
  • Medications, including analgesics and motion sickness tablets.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Prescription eye wear, dentures, hearing aids.
  • Jewelry.
  • Irreplaceable keepsakes.
  • Flashlights and Portable radio with extra batteries.

How to prepare for an emergency

Inside the house

  • Put together an emergency kit. Stock water, flashlights, a transistor radio and a fire extinguisher. Get extra batteries. Buy or create a first aid kit. Store water and nonperishable foods.
  • Purchase a high-capacity battery pack that can keep smartphones and other devices charged in […]    

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