FIRE PROOFING RESOURCES
Below are some aggregated resources, recommendations, and tips from various sites to help Californians better prepared in responding to natural disasters. Please take a look and make sure to share with your friends and families.
This article provides general information on Southern California wildfires as well as tips and ideas for us to prepare and help.
THE GO BAG
The term go bag came from the idea that in an emergency such as a home fire or wildfires etc, you don't have the time to get your things together so you grab it and go.
80% of house fires happen at night. And during widespread disasters like wildfires and earthquakes, it’s not unusual for power to be disrupted. When you wake up, it may be dark and your home or apartment may be without electricity.
Pack a bag that’s easy to carry and store it under your bed for just these types of situations. What you put in your bag is as individual as you are. But every bag should contain:
Flashlight – with extra batteries
Old pair of sneakers – have a good pair of sturdy shoes/sneakers in your bag in case you won’t have time to look for shoes.
A warm sweater or jacket
Whistle – or any inexpensive, non-electronic noise maker. This is a way to alert rescuers where you are if you’re trapped.
Water – You’ll need 1 gallon of water per person, per day. And you should plan for at least three days.
Food - Choose something nonperishable that’s easy to store and carry, like canned goods or freeze-dried food. Don’t forget a can opener!
Battery - powered or hand-crank radio – NOAA Weather is best.
First aid kit
Medications – any prescription drugs you or your family need to live, plus over-the-counter items you use like aspirin or allergy meds.
Extra pair of glasses - if you wear corrective lenses!
Multi-purpose tool and duct tape
Sanitation and personal hygiene items – don’t forget a roll of toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
Copies of personal documents – birth certificate, Social Security card, driver’s license, deed/lease to home, passports, insurance policies plus list of medications. Put all of these in a plastic ziplock bag.
Cell phone with chargers
Family and emergency contact information – and keep this not only in your mobile phone, but in a separate book. If you have no ability to charge a dead mobile phone, you’ll need those contacts written down and accessible.
Cash – if there are widespread power outages, ATMs don’t work, and stores won’t be able to process debit and credit cards. In a widespread emergency, cash is still king!
Emergency blanket – light-weight foil blankets are easiest to pack and carry
Map(s) of the area
72 Hours of supplies
The bag described is good for quick evacuation. But it’s also an excellent idea to have a more comprehensive kit packed and stored for disasters where you’ll have to be away from home for much longer, or you’ll have to make do in your home for several days without the basic necessities like running water, electricity or gas.
In situations like widespread disasters, the fire department might not be able to respond to your emergency because of much greater emergencies in other parts of the city. You need to be ready to survive on your own for at least 72 hours.
3 packs are better than 1
Everyone needs a survival kit. In California, families need to be prepared for wildfire and earthquake emergencies in particular. It’s a good idea to not only pack an emergency kit that you keep at home, but to have one at work, and one in your car.
Remember to pack for your pets