==Now is the time to create a go-bag or refresh the one you already have. Here are my suggestions for what to include. These recommendations are based on research and consultation with emergency preparedness experts. That said, feel free to customize these ideas to your own personal needs.
==Put these items in a backpack or duffel bag with a shoulder strap.
==Keep your Go-Bag(s) in an easily accessed location - an entry-hall closet or a garage.
==You could also keep them outside your home in a waterproof box or trash can with a strapped lid.
==Make sure each bag has a tag with your name and address.
==It is also a good idea to have emergency Go-Bags in your vehicle and at work.
==Remember that you may be walking or running with this bag, so do not make it too heavy.
- Battery-powered small AM/FM radio, extra batteries
- LED flashlight and headlamp, extra batteries
- Chargers and power banks for cell phones
- N95 mask, cotton bandana, goggles, work gloves and hat
- Change of clothing (cotton preferred)
- Spare eyeglasses/contact lenses
- Medications, personal supplies
- Toiletry and sanitation items
- Bottle of Water, non-perishable energy bars and snacks
- First aid kit, whistle, pocket knife,
- Roll of duct tape, emergency blanket
- Extra car and house keys, cash (small bills)
- Paper, pencils, permanent marker
- Emergency phone list and contacts
- Copies of important documents; driver’s license for birth certificates, passports, insurance policies, prescriptions
==If you assemble your go-bag this week, you will be one step closer to being prepared to evacuate in the event of a threatening wildfire or other disaster.
==The advice of the Fire Department is: DO NOT WEAR AN N95 MASK WHEN EVACUATING. WEAR A BANDANA.
==You can wear the N95 after you have evacuated when smoke particulates are polluting the air, but wearing an N95 when you are either walking fast or running is not recommended.