Pack a Go-Bag Now to Reduce Stress If Evacuated


The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) encourages all Californians to start preparing now to reduce the stress caused by an emergency.

“Disasters happen somewhere in California every day. The time to get prepared is before one happens to you,” said Cal OES Fire and Rescue Chief Brian Marshall. “Your well-being could depend on the steps you take now. This includes creating a go-bag and having it ready for any disaster.”

Cal OES reminds all Californians of the importance of a go-bag. A go-bag contains some essential items you may need in case you need to evacuate your home in a hurry.

dog with canned food, papers, dog toys, water bottle, backpack and cat treats


  • Non-perishable food and bottled water
  • Cash
  • Cell phone charger
  • Medications
  • Important documents
  • First aid kit
  • Pet supplies
    • Food/Water
    • Collar/Leash
    • Carrier
    • Vaccine information

After building your go-bag, keep it in a place that’s easy to remember in case you need to evacuate your home quickly. Maintain your go-bag by replacing expired items and re-think your needs every year and update your kit as needed.

Additional Resources

Additional go-bag information: click here

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Animal preparedness: click here