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  • Pack important papers
  • Eye glasses, medications, car keys, money,
  • Turn off gas
  • Distance flamable containers (propane canisters and tanks to gas cans for lawn equipment.)
  • Pet cages/carriers & food
  • Start HEPA air filters in home while packing.
  • Leave outside lights on so the fire department can see your home through smoke and fog.



  • Photographs of all family members
  • Pets (if advance warning, take to an approved shelter)

Important Papers

  • Health insurance card
  • Car insurance card
  • House deed
  • Marriage license
  • Insurance papers
  • Tax papers
  • Birth certificates
  • Drivers' licenses
  • Legal documents
  • Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
  • Computer backup disks
  • Computers (time permitting)


  • Check books
  • Savings books
  • Credit cards
  • Cash
  • Purse
  • Wallet
  • Blank checks


  • Prescriptions
  • Analgesics
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription glasses
  • Prescription dentures
  • Prescription hearing aids


  • Gold, silver, and other valuable jewelry
  • Family heirlooms
  • Decorations, pins, awards


  • Photos and albums, slides, movies, home videos
  • Family Bible
  • Irreplaceable keepsakes
  • Original paintings

IF TIME PERMITS AND THERE'S ROOM IN YOUR VEHICLE (Though you can purchase as needed.)

Food and Water (for three to seven days)

  • Water (at least one gallon per person and pet per day)
  • Non-perishable, ready-to-eat food
  • Manual can opener


  • Soap and towels
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Shaving articles
  • Sanitary devices

Clothing (appropriate for the season)

  • Change of clothing for each person (for one to seven days)
  • Coats and jackets
  • Hats and caps
  • Gloves and scarves
  • Shoes and boots
  • Underwear
  • Sleepwear
  • Infant supplies and toys

Pet items

  • ID tags
  • Collar
  • Leash
  • Medications
  • Water/food bowls
  • Food
  • Treats
  • Pet blanket
  • Poop bags
  • Toys

Additional Items to Take

  • Cell phone and charger
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Portable radio and extra batteries
  • Hand crank radio/flashlight/mobile phone charger
  • Reading material
  • Recreational items
  • First-aid kit
  • Emergency care guide
  • Heavy duty 10' 8G Booster Cable w/vinyl coasted clamps
  • Cameras and extra batteries

First-aid kit (Minimum)

  • Emergency Poncho
  • Emergency Whistle W/Lanyard
  • Emergency Blanket, 52” x 84”
  • Burn relief gel pack
  • Hand Warmers
  • Adhesive plastic bandages, ¾” x 3”
  • Knuckle fabric bandage
  • Fingertip fabric bandage
  • Antiseptic cleansing wipes (sting-free)
  • Triple antibiotic ointment pack (0.5 g)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cotton tipped applicators
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Insect sting relief pads
  • Light stick
  • First Aid guide


  • Fill evacuation vehicle gas tank
  • Park evacuation vehicle in the garage heading toward street and travel route
  • Close evacuation car windows but DO NOT LOCK CAR and leave keys in ignition
  • Close garage door but leave it unlocked (disconnect automatic garage door opener)
  • Establish an evacuation plan, travel route, probable destination
  • Determine where separated members will meet
  • Follow any official agency's evacuation instructions
  • Turn off natural gas at meter
  • Disconnect propane tank
  • Close or cover outside vents and shutters
  • Plug air vents and openings that are close to the ground
  • Remove combustible items from around the outside of the house
  • Turn off appliances, thermostats, fireplaces, stoves
  • Leave one light on in each general area so firefighters can see your house in dark and smoke
  • Release any livestock in the area
  • Close fire resistant window coverings, heavy drapes, and Venetian blinds
  • Move overstuffed furniture away from windows
  • Close sliding glass doors into the center of the house (DON'T lock them)
  • Remove lace, nylon, or light material drapes and curtains
  • Place a ladder against the roof of the house on the side opposite the approaching fire
  • Fill bathtubs, sinks, and containers with water
  • Soak burlap sacks, small rugs, or large rags in containers
  • Turn on exterior lights
  • If instructed, tie large white cloth to front door knob
  • Don't tie up telephone lines (notify friends and relatives by e-mail where to contact you)
  • Make safety equipment obvious for firefighters (spigots, ladders, chain saws, hoses, etc.)
  • Consider what to do with guns and ammo
  • Prepare an "information note" to leave on the door detailing who you are, where you have gone, where flammables are (lawnmower gas, ammo, chemicals - move them all into one place)


  • Keep evacuation vehicle gas tank full
  • Practice family fire drill and evacuation plans
  • Practice STOP, DROP, and ROLL (should clothes catch on fire)
  • Prepare a list of valuables to take with you (store together, if possible)
  • Make a video of all belongings, talking about each
  • Take still pictures of all belongings as a backup
  • Document an annotated list of all belongings
  • Develop outdoor water supply with hoses to reach entire house, nozzle, and pump
  • Have fire tools, ladder, and fire extinguishers available
  • Post name/address signs clearly visible from street or road
  • Post load limits on access bridges
  • Clear driveway to at least 20 feet wide with 15 feet vertical clearance (for emergency vehicles)
  • Clear weeds and cut grass within 10 feet of structures, propane tanks, utility boxes
  • Clear debris from roof and gutters
  • Clear vegetation from within 3 feet of hydrants
  • Remove trees growing through porch, deck, or roof
  • Remove trash and debris accumulations
  • Remove branches that overhang within 15 feet of roof and chimney
  • Stack firewood uphill or on a contour at least 30 feet away from house
  • Thin and prune your trees and brush
  • Install smoke detectors and test quarterly
  • Install only non-combustible roof material
  • Install shutters, fire curtains, or heavy drapes on windows
  • Install screens on foundation and eave vents
  • Install enclosed sides on stilt foundations and decks
  • Install chimney screen or spark arrestor


  • Any secret pornography collection. It may save embarrasment later on.

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