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Get Your Go Bag Ready

posted Jun 1, 2021, 4:19 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jun 1, 2021, 5:13 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Our fervent wish is that the Ridge has the good fortune of being spared from devastating wildfires. Although we’ve been lucky lately, there is still a chance that a fast moving fire may threaten our homes. In  that case it’s good to have a plan. First of all, know all possible evacuation routes and locate temporary refuge areas on the Ridge. Then load up your family and pets,  grab your go bags and head toward safety. Although specific needs may differ from person to person or family to family, the following is a good list of items that should be considered and packed into a go bag that is easy to grab on your way out the door when you are in a hurry.

Following are recommendations from Ready Nevada County and can be found at mynevadacounty.com:

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person
  • Map marked with evacuation routes
  • List of important numbers in case your cell phone is lost
  • Prescriptions, special medications*
  • Assistive devices or durable medical equipment 
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Pet & service animal supplies (food, water, carrier, leashes)
  • Change of clothing/Sturdy shoes for walking
  • Extra eye glasses or contact lenses
  • N95 mask
  • An extra set of car keys
  • Credit cards, cash,or checks
  • Flashlight
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
  • Cell phone charging cord and extra battery/Laptop 
  • Diaper bag
  • First aid kit
  • Your Ready, Set, Go! Handbook

 *At least a week-long supply of prescription medicines, along with a list of all medications, dosages, and any allergies

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