What to Keep in a Go Bag

From “12 Step Guide To Help Plan in Advance for an Evacuation,” by Katie Hepler.
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Wonder what you should keep in a bag, just in case you should have to evacuate? Katie Hepler, a Sacramento resident whose parents lost their home in the Butte Fire in Calaveras County, has created comprehensive lists for families, individuals and pets.

Emergency Go Bag
Each family should have one

  • Nonperishable food (find power-packed prepackaged items that will go the distance)
  • Water (1 gallon per person per day is recommended)
  • Radio (crank or battery)
  • Flashlight (crank or battery)
  • Extra batteries (if you opted for battery-powered items)
  • First-aid kit
  • Multi-tool
  • Whistle (or other personal safety device)
  • Masks/gloves
  • Foil blankets
  • Tarp
  • Rope
  • Sani wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Garbage bags
  • Pencil/pen and paper
  • Paper maps
  • Phone charger cords/powerbank
  • Written contact list
  • Cash

Personal Go Bag
Each member of the family should have their own

  • Supply of prescriptions
  • RX glasses
  • Extra set of clothing
  • 2–3 sets of underwear/socks
  • Jacket/outer layer
  • Personal hygiene items/feminine items
  • Books, games, items to pass time
  • Extra comforts (blankets)
  • Additional lighting options (lantern, etc.)

Pet Go Bag
Each pet should have their own

  • Water
  • Food
  • Prescriptions
  • Vet information
  • Microchip information
  • Extra collar
  • Extra leash
  • Bedding
  • Potty pads/small litter box

This piece is part of the larger story from In Case of Fire and In Case of Evacuation.