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Things that should be placed in an emergency grab-and-go bag

With wildfire season in full swing, it’s essential to have an emergency preparedness plan in place if things escalate quickly.

If you’re put on an evacuation alert or order, it can be overwhelming to pack all the essentials before heading out the door.

That’s why it’s so important to have a grab-and-go bag packed and ready to go at a moment's notice.

While this fire season has been slightly tamer compared to years past, an emergency can arise at any time and it’s always better to be prepared than to be taken by surprise.

“In the case of wildfire emergencies, things can move fast. It’s important for all citizens living within the wildfire urban interface to know what they will need to do if they receive an order to evacuate,” said FireSmart Coordinator, Kerry Riess.

“Now is a good time to consider all the needs of every member in your care, including pets and farm animals, so you can ensure your emergency kit includes all the items sufficient for at least 72 hours.”

These are some of the essential items that should be in your grab-and-go bag:

  • First aid kit
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Spare set of keys to your car or home
  • Important documents such as insurance papers
  • Pen and paper
  • List of emergency contact (phone numbers)
  • A map of your local region
  • Water and snacks
  • Scissors
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Medications
  • Flashlight
  • Spare change of clothes
  • Small battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Cell phone and portable charger
  • Cash
  • Whistle (to attract attention, if required)

A full list of other essential items that can be packed in a grab-and-go bag can be found online, through the BC Government website.

Properties impacted by wildfire evacuation alerts and orders can be found on BC Wildfire Service.

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