Wildfire Preparedness: Pack a Go-Bag Now to Reduce Stress If Evacuated

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In California, wildfire fire season is more than just a couple months long. With climate change and the ongoing drought, conditions are drier than ever and a wildfire can happen anytime of the year so it’s important to be prepared.

Wildfire behavior is sometimes unpredictable and you may need to evacuate in a moment’s notice. 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 wildfire season.”

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

BUILD A GO-BAG

  • Non-perishable food and bottled water
  • Cash
  • Cell phone charger
  • Medications
  • Important documents
  • First aid kit
  • Pet supplies

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

Wildfire preparedness: click here