The title sounds a little off, doesn’t it? Usually, emergency situations arise without warning which may have you thinking that you can’t really prepare for the unexpected. Except… you can and you should! The most recent emergency situation to impact Northern California (the Oroville Dam erosion) has showcased just how important it is to be ready in case of an emergency.
Emergency preparedness is something that the whole family should be involved in. Begin talking with your children and loved ones about your plans: where will you go, what will you take? Who will the contact that connects everyone along the way?
Here are some simple steps to take to begin readying your family for the next emergency situation you may face. Also, we’ve included a link below to the 2016 Emergency Preparedness Guide and Evacuation Plan from the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County.
Your 4-Day Home Survival Kit
- Using a large, clear tub, store the following:
- A complete first-aid kit
- One gallon drinking water per person and pet, per day for 4 days
- Freeze dried and canned food (get the tabbed tops that make for easy opening without a tool)
- Items required for infants or small children
- Flashlights, candles, oil lamps, etc.
- Large box of matches
- Camping stove with fuel
- Battery operated radio with extra batteries
- Cards, games, books to fill the time
Suggested Items to Take During An Evacuation
- Emergency items like batteries, phones, flashlights, chargers
- Family heirlooms or keepsakes, pet ID’s and medication
- Cash, checks, bonds, credit cards
- Driver / Marriage licenses, Proof of Insurance, Birth certificates and / or passports
- Medications, prescriptions, glasses, dentures
- Food and water (enough for 3-7 days)
- Toiletries like toothbrushes, shaving articles, soap and towels
- Extra clothing, shoes, sleepwear
- Sentimental items like photo albums
- Valuable jewelry, military medals
- Reading materials and recreational items
Find more information on how to prepare for emergency situations in the Nevada County area (including fire safety for fire season) by clicking here.