Pack these now: 6 fire kit essentials
What to keep on hand for when a fire gets close to your house
- American Red Cross Solarlink FR360 radio with flashlight; powered by batteries, solar power, or hand crank. $50
Another essential electronic: Cell/smartphone To communicate with scattered family members. Designate an out-of-town emergency contact—long-distance calls may be easier to make than local ones.
Ready to eat, no refrigeration required—think trail mix and sports bars. Pack water too.
- Kashi TLC granola bars. $4.30/box of six
Bring a couple of days’ worth of water and food, plus a crate or carrier for Fido and/or Fluffy.
- Nonskid pet bowl. From $3.70; at Target stores
Because the power often fails during large wildfires.
- Mag-Lite LED 2-Cell D flashlight. From $29
You probably have this already for quakes and storms—make sure it’s fully stocked and that you know where it is.
- Johnson & Johnson Deluxe First Aid Kit. $20; target.com
Even if you evacuate early, you may run into some smoke.
- Box of 20 from $7.50; amazon.com