Here’s what you can do to prepare and what you should pack before you leave.

Before a Wildfire

  • Create a Wildfire Action Plan for your family. Being ready to go also means knowing when to evacuate and what to do if you become trapped.
  • Make sure you monitor wildfires in your area and know your community’s emergency response plan, evacuation orders and evacuation centers.
  • Sign up for alerts from your local county or city.

While Under Evacuation Warning/Advisory

Once the warning or notice comes down, you should remember the 6 Ps, according to the USDA:

  1. Plan for the persons in your family (including a meeting place.)
  2. Personal items (including toiletries, food, and water for two to three days and special personal possessions.)
  3. Prescriptions – Have your full, current supply of prescriptions packed.
  4. Photographs (and other mementos) that cannot be replaced.
  5. Pets (Have a plan in place and pets secured so frightened pets don’t escape fenced yards or kennels.)
  6. Papers – Pack all important papers, including reference phone numbers, account numbers, etc.

An advisory is also the best time to move a person with mobility or medical issues as well as any livestock or large animals.

When Under Evacuation Order

  • Review your Evacuation Plan Checklist.
  • Ensure your Emergency Supply Kit/Evacuation Bag is in your vehicle.
  • Cover up to protect against heat and flying embers. Wear long pants, long-sleeve shirt, heavy shoes/boots, cap, dry bandanna for face cover, goggles or glasses. 100% cotton is preferable.
  • Locate your pets and take them with you.

Emergency Supply Kit

The American Red Cross recommends every family have an emergency supply kit assembled long before a wildfire or other emergency occurs. Use the checklist below to help assemble yours.

  • Face masks or coverings
  • Three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day).
  • Non-perishable food for all family members and pets (three-day supply).
  • First aid kit.
  • Flashlight, battery-powered radio, and extra batteries.
  • An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks.
  • Sanitation supplies.
  • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Important family documents and contact numbers.
  • Map marked with evacuation routes.
  • Prescriptions or special medications.
  • Family photos and other irreplaceable items.
  • Easily carried valuables.
  • Personal computers (information on hard drives and disks).
  • Chargers for cell phones, laptops, etc

Items to take if time allows:

  • Easily carried valuables
  • Family photos and other irreplaceable items
  • Personal computer information on hard drives and disks
  • Chargers for cellphones, laptops, etc.

Original Source: KSBW8