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Santa Clarita Valley Info: In case of evacuation...

Residents urged to be packed and prepared in event of fire, other disaster

Posted: June 4, 2013 1:47 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2013 1:47 p.m.
 

When a firefighter or sheriff’s deputy stands on your porch and says you have just minutes to get out, it can be hard to think of what to take and what to leave behind.

Such a situation faced many residents of the Highway 138 communities of Lake Hughes, Green Valley and Elizabeth Lake during the Powerhouse Fire.

Emergency preparedness officials offer the following list of supplies that should be grabbed in event of evacuation. Many can be packed and stored for easy access in case a disaster strikes without warning.

Important documents in a waterproof, portable container:
• Personal identification, birth certificates, Social Security cards, lists of important family information such as style and serial number of medical devices like pacemakers
• Mortgage and insurance documents
• Wills
• Tax and bank information
• List of family physicians
In some cases, you may want to pack original documents rather than copies.

Clothing and bedding:
• Complete change of clothing including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes
• Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

Water:
• 1 gallon per day for each person. Keep at least a three-day supply in your house.
• Water purification kit or bleach

Food:
• Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables; canned juices; soup; food for infants, elderly persons or persons on special diets
• Manual can opener or utility knife
• Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels

Irreplaceable items and assorted supplies:
• Extra house and car keys
• Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel, toilet paper, towelettes
• Personal hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, feminine supplies, etc.
• First aid kit
• Emergency reference material such as a first aid manual
• Credit card and cash
• Map of the area and phone numbers of places you could go if ordered to leave your home
• Special needs such as diapers, prescription medications and copies of prescriptions, hearing aid batteries, spare wheelchair battery, spare eyeglasses or other special physical needs
• Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
• Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
• Pictures and memorabilia

Pets:
• Feeding bowls
• Pet food and extra water for pets
• Carrier, leash, bedding
• Vaccination records

Utilities:
• Matches in a waterproof container
• Signal flare
• Fire extinguisher
• A portable battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries
• Flashlight and extra batteries

— Sources: FEMA website www.ready.gov; Los Angeles Fire Department; American Red Cross

 

 

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