Learn how to assemble
an emergency supply kit
BE WILDFIRE READY: HOW TO ASSEMBLE AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT
If there is a wildfire in your area, will you be prepared to evacuate on short notice? One thing that experts suggest is to have an emergency “go bag” at the ready if you may need it.
Put together your emergency supply kit long before a wildfire or other disaster occurs and keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you if you must evacuate. According to the experts at ready.gov, each individual in your household should have a readily accessible emergency supply kit. Backpacks work great for storing these items (except food and water) and are quick to grab. Storing food and water in a tub or chest on wheels will make it easier to transport. Keep it light enough to be able to lift it into your car. Always keep a sturdy pair of shoes and a flashlight near your bed and handy in case of a sudden evacuation at night.
They also provide the following checklist as a guide:
Emergency Supply Kit Checklist
- Face masks or coverings
- Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person
- Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
- Prescriptions or special medications
- Change of clothing
- Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
- An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks
- First aid kit
- Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
- Sanitation supplies
- Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
- Food and water for pets
Items to take if time allows:
- Easily carried valuables
- Family photos and other irreplaceable items
- Personal computer information on hard drives and disks
- Chargers for cell phones, laptops, etc. (and keep your cell phone charged when wildfires could be in your area)
For more information on emergency supplies and wildfire preparedness, visit ready.gov/wildfires.
At Xcel Energy, we’re working hard every day to improve safety and reduce wildfire threats across our service area. We recognize that wildfires pose a significant year-round threat to our customers, communities and our state as a whole – and we are proactively implementing programs to minimize ignition risks associated with operating our system. As part of our commitment to safety, we’re continually making strategic investments and improvements to support our power grid, build resilience and increase our situational awareness to mitigate wildfire risk.