Items to Take When Evacuating

Article Written by:
Glenn Nader, University of California Cooperative Extension, Yuba City, CA


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When preparing to evacuate, deciding what you should take depends on how much time you have, but you should plan on being evacuated for 72 hours. You can reduce preparation time by planning ahead what you want to take and organizing these valuable items in such a way that they are easy to assemble. It is a good idea to keep important papers, irreplaceable photos and inventory lists off-premises, such as in a safe deposit box at your bank or credit union. Take your prescriptions, your pets and any personal items that must be kept at home. Ideally, keep all these things together in one place if possible, in a safe location.

For more information see Your Evacuation Plan by the American Red Cross and the Living With Fire website.