Do you have proper emergency preparation in place? The recent wildfires should be a reminder to everyone to have emergency plans ready. The idea is to be prepared, whether the threat is a wildfire, earthquake, flood, long-term power outage or some other widespread problem.
A good emergency kit should be able to supply you for at least 72 hours, and in simplest terms would look like a cross between travel kit and camping equipment.
An emergency kit should contain: At least one entire set of clothing for all family members, with layers to adapt to both warm and cold weather; a way to keep warm at night, such as a tent and sleeping bag for all family members; flashlights; candles; matches; portable stoves; mess kits with utensils; toothbrushes; a utility knife; toilet paper; first aid supplies; extra currency; soap; rope; carabiners and a method of cutting small branches for firewood.
Essentials will vary depending on hygiene preferences, medical needs, etc.
We all rely on our phones for communication and updates, and while carrying a portable radio is helpful, being able to keep your phone charged will likely be more valuable. Have the needed cords and an outlet adapter with multiple ports, in order to let everyone charge all their devices at once. A spare power bank for the phone is helpful, but they only keep a good charge for a month, so solar-charging ability is even better.
In addition to a kit, have a rallying point predetermined for your family and make sure everyone knows how to get there, even if on foot. There’s a huge chance everyone will be scattered at work, school, meetings or running errands the moment a disaster hits. That family destination means no one will be lost in the event of a crisis.
Having at least the essential components of an emergency kit and rally plan should put you at ease the next time a disaster brushes up against the area.
Stay informed and stay safe.