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Wildfire emergency go bags

We're almost two months into fire season - and Cal Fire wants to make sure you're ready with an emergency 'go bag.'

Posted: Jul 19, 2019 6:23 PM

CALIFORNIA - We're almost two months into fire season - and Cal Fire wants to make sure you're ready with an emergency 'go bag.'

"I would like to be more prepared and I think I should," Dawn Watkins said.

Dawn Watkins evacuated during the Oroville Dam crisis.

"You never know we had a small fire behind our house last year and we were not prepared we should've been with everything going on but we weren't prepared so we were scrambling around thinking what could we do," she said.

Most people know to pack food, water, flashlight first aid kit, cell phone charger, passport - but John Lentz didn't stop there.

"We actually do have a folder full of all of our important paperwork we have copies of everything just in case that's all in a drawer so we just pull it out throw it in a backpack and then we're ready to go," Lentz said.

The Department of Homeland Security suggests keeping "go bags" in your home, at your work or in your car.

Not only is it important to remember a 'go bag' for ourselves, but we can't forget about our four-legged friends.

"They're like my children I mean they can't help themselves you've got to help them," Gilda Baker said.

Cal Fire said to mimic what you'd take for yourself - pet prescriptions, food, water, feeding bowls, vital pet documents.

PetSmart even suggested bringing along anxiety toys.

Gilda Baker has three cats and two dogs.

She keeps a 'go bag' right by her garage door for a quick escape.

"We wanna make sure we have proper crates and we got them stacked by the garage door that we have extra dry food extra litter extra wet food so we can just throw it in the car and get out and get them safe," Baker said.

Talk to your local shelter or veterinarian about a safe haven for your animal - or locate a hotel that allows pets.

The ASPCA also suggests microchipping your pet in case they get lost during an evacuation.

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