A lot of news articles about evacuations have come out of the wildfires in wine country – if you had just a few minutes to evacuate, what would you take? Below is a compilation of the best recommendations I could find from some of these articles, in no particular order. Much depends on how much time you have, and you may not have time for all of this (prioritize and make a plan now, and practice it). Always heed instructions from emergency responders and officials.
- The first thing you should grab is your disaster supplies kit, which may already have many of the items below in it. https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
- Water. The recommendation is 3 gallons per person, per day.
- Personal identification including driver’s licenses, birth certificates, marriage certificates, passports, and social security cards.
- Credit cards and cash. When power is out, cash in small denominations may be the only way to get supplies like a case of water, etc.
- Insurance documents – claims are more easily filed when you have these documents handy. Also include purchase or registration documents and deeds for things like homes, campers and boats. Another helpful tip about insurance: take pictures of all of your valuable possessions and store them on something like an external hard drive that can be grabbed and evacuated with.
- Health records – your doctor’s office may also be affected and unable to access information should you or family members need treatment.
- Prescription medications for family members and pets.
- Phone lists of important numbers for when your cell phone dies and you can’t get it charged, assuming you can borrow a phone or find a landline.
- Over the counter medications, such as headache or upset stomach medicine, and a first aid kit.
- Eye glasses and contact lenses.
- Be sure everyone has sturdy shoes on, not sandals, as they leave.
- Cell phone, laptop, chargers – if you keep all your important information on an external hard drive, grab it.
- Maps of your neighborhood, work place, and city/region with evacuation routes and family meeting areas marked. In a disaster common landmarks may be destroyed and orienting yourself difficult.
- Don’t leave your pets behind. Grab leashes, carriers, food, and water for them, and make sure they are wearing identification.
- Grab a change of clothing, extra socks and undergarments, hat and sunglasses.
- Food, especially things that don’t need preparation, and baby bottles and formula, if needed.
- Flashlights, portable radios for listening to news, and batteries.
- Irreplaceable family keepsakes.
- Hygiene items, like toilet paper, wet wipes and diapers.
And, if you like things more simple, use this:
Klamath County Emergency Management
2543 Shasta Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603
The Klamath Tribes
501 Chiloquin Blvd, Chiloquin, OR, 97624
Office,(541)783-2219 Ext.184, Cell(541)591-0887