Preparing for wildfires: What to put in your go-bag

Cal Fire recommends putting together a go-bag before a wildfire occurs and keeping it easily accessible in case you have to evacuate your home. Here's what is recommended to put in your go-bag

Posted: Oct 26, 2020 2:10 PM

CALIFORNIA - Cal Fire recommends putting together a go-bag before a wildfire occurs and keeping it easily accessible in case you have to evacuate your home.

Here's what is recommended to put in your go-bag:

Cal Fire says, there are three things families should do to prepare for wildfire season, which is to have an action plan, have go-bags ready, and create a communication plan.

“I've seen so many fires go thru Redding,” said Melanie Jackson of Redding. “You live with it, but you never get used to it.”

Cal Fire recommends people have go-bag ready. Several items should be packed include a 3-day supply of food and water, a first-aid kit, flashlight, batteries, extra keys, and cash.

“It's critical that families have their go-bag and their plan ready to go,” said Cheryl Buliavac with the Cal Fire Shasta Trinity Unit.

“We are in fire season and evacuations can happen anytime, day or night.”

A wildfire can erupt at any moment, forcing families to run for their lives. It's critical for families to have an emergency bag that they can grab and go.

“We've got a couple, maybe three,” said Jackson. “We have a safe outside an inside, and we some stuff in our office that we can just grab.”

Cal Fire can’t stress enough the seconds saved being prepared can save a life.

“The last several years, fires have happened in the middle of the night,” said Buliavac.

“People have had literally only minutes to get out, keep an extra set of shoes and flashlights under your bed.”

Cal Fire says families should also keep a map on them marked with other possible emergency evacuation routes, and to make sure families have their ID’s, copies of insurance coverage and other important paperwork and phone numbers.

Cal Fire recommends that people store their go-bags near a place that's easy to reach. The agency also recommends switching out the supplies in the go-bag at least every six months.

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