Wildfire Safety

Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Health and Safety

  • Flashlight and batteries: 1 per person

  • Liquid soap and hand sanitizer

  • Teeth cleaning wipes

  • Water purification kit

  • 2-week supply of prescription drugs

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Extra eyeglasses and sunglasses

  • Insect repellent

  • Sunscreen

Infant Necessities

  • Infant medicine

  • Diapers

  • Baby formula and bottles

First-aid Kit Including the Following

  • Bandages and tape

  • Antiseptic

  • Pain relievers

  • Digestive medicines (e.g., Maalox)

  • Anti-diarrhea medicines (e.g., Imodium)

  • Antacids

  • Medications for common illnesses

Food and Drink

  • Drinking water: 1 gal. per person per day

  • Non-potable water: for hygienic use only

  • Propane gas for barbecue grill

  • 2 coolers for food and ice

  • Manual can opener

Two-Week Supply of the Following

  • Nonperishable foods

  • Plastic tableware and cups

  • Plastic wrap and plastic trash bags

  • Toilet paper and paper towels

  • Wet wipes

If You Evacuate

  • Pillows, blankets & sleeping bags or air mattresses (shelters do not provide)

  • Folding chairs or cots

  • Extra clothing and shoes

  • Large bath towels

  • Personal hygiene items: toothbrush, deodorant, etc.

  • Food, water and ice

  • Prescription medications in original containers

  • Books, toys and/or handheld games


  • Cleanup supplies: mop, buckets, towels, disinfectant, bleach

  • Camera/camcorder (record property before storm & document damage after)

  • Extra batteries

  • Tire repair kit

  • Work gloves

  • Full tank of gas

  • Appropriate clothes for post-storm: hat, closed-toe shoes, dry socks, rain gear

  • Animal care (keep proper food and water stocked)

  • Cash (ATM and credit card networks might be down)


Download our printable Emergency Preparedness Checklist.

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Federal Emergency Management Agency

American Red Cross

National Weather Service

California Office of Emergency Services