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To take the hassle out of creating your own emergency pack, we gathered a few options for ready-made kits that come with everything you might need in an evacuation.

Navpreet Dhillon  – July 15, 2021

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As the West enters peak wildfire season, it is increasingly important for residents to be prepared, especially in the event of an emergency evacuation. More than 100,000 people were displaced by wildfires in California, Washington, and Oregon last year as over 6 million acres burned.

It’s a good idea to have an emergency kit ready in case you need to leave your home. And it’s even better if these kits are tailored to who needs them. Do you have kids? A cat? Dogs? Don’t forget often-overlooked items like a litter box on top of your hand-crank radio.

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The nonprofit California Fire Prevention Organization recommends including:

  • first-aid kit
  • air filtration masks
  • water/water purification tablets or straw
  • flashlights/glow sticks
  • blankets
  • ponchos
  • emergency whistle
  • bars and easy to pack/no cook food
  • a multitool
  • hygiene wipes

Additionally, you should have a solar-powered or battery-powered charger for your phone so you can call for help and monitor weather updates.

Emergency packs should be stored in a readily accessible area, such as your car or at work.

To take the hassle out of creating your own emergency pack, we gathered a few options of ready-made kits that come with everything you might need if evacuated. Use these to protect yourself, your family, and your pets.


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