Wildfire season is extending and the risk for wildfires is increasing around the world due to climate change. So, if you’re living in or visiting an area that is at high risk for wildfires, you’ll need to be prepared.
Having a wildlife preparedness kit along with a plan is essential for you and your loved ones’ safety.
What to Include
In a critical emergency or disaster situation, there may be entire days that go by without the usual supplies or help you need. You’ll need extra supplies ready for evacuation and for your home.
Below, we’ve put together a comprehensive list that includes everything you will need including items that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends for any emergency supply survival kit.
Essential items include the following:
- Emergency drinking water - around a gallon per person (including a 3-day supply for evacuation and a 2-week supply for your home).
- Non-perishable foods such as canned or stored foods (including a 3-day supply for evacuation and a 2-weel supply for your home).
- Flashlights with extra batteries
- A battery-powered or hand-cranked radio
- Medications - one week supply
- First-aid kit
- N95 respirator mask
- Extra N95 filters
- Multi-purpose tools
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items like wipes, alcohol, sanitizer gels
- Copies of personal documents (including any necessary medical information, deed/mortgage papers, insurance policies, passports/ID cards, birth certificates)
- An extra cell phone with chargers & a power bank
- Emergency contact information
- Extra cash stash
- Emergency blankets
- A map or atlas of the region
Extra items based on your or your family’s needs include the following:
- Extra accessories or medical supplies such as hearing aids, glasses, contacts, syringes, and epi-pens.
- Feminine supplies
- Supplies for baby including diapers, baby wipes, baby food, bottles, and formula.
- Games or activities for kids to keep them distracted and happy.
- Pet supplies such as a dog collar, leash, ID, extra food, a crate or carrier, and bowl.
- Hand radios or walkie talkies
- Extra car and house keys
- Can opener
More items to add:
- Rainjackets or ponchos
- Extra clothing
- Work gloves
- Sturdy shoes or boots
- Heavy-duty tape
- Hand and bath towels
- Sleeping bags and blankets
- Clippers or scissors
Maintenance & Storage Tips
Make sure to keep items in your kit stored correctly and in the necessary places.
After you’ve got all the items on the list above, make sure to check the following:
- Foods should be kept stored in a cool dry place.
- Boxed foods should be stored in an air-tight plastic or metal container.
- Keep liquids and gels in sealed bags so they don’t spill or leak.
- Make sure food and medical items are not expired, and if they are, replace them
- Update the kit at least once a year or as needs change
As mentioned before, in order to keep food and medications, store the kit in a cool, dry place.
You’ll want this kit in a designated place in your home. Everyone in the family should know the kit’s whereabouts and have a plan for who will be responsible in a dispatch situation in case of a wildfire.
You may want to also consider having a backup kit or at least the essential items in your car as well as at your workplace.
Be Ready to Mask Up!
In addition to these essential survival kit items, we’d like to emphasize the importance of having an effective N95 respirator mask with extra filters. Because even if your house is not on fire, being in the general vicinity of a wildfire can be a health risk.
The impact of woodsmoke on the lungs and the immune system can be detrimental, especially for those with existing respiratory issues.
Ora Brands has a special nanofiltration mask that is high-effective, meets CDC regulations, and fits securely to keep you and your family safe from any potential particulate pollution.
With that, be prepared by stocking up your kit, have a plan, and stay safe!