What should be in your emergency (72-hour) evacuation kit?

72-Hour Kit

If you are told to evacuate, you should plan on being self-sufficient for 72 hours.  It is recommended that your 72-hour kit be prepared well ahead of an emergency and located in a readily accessible place.


  • Battery-powered radio
  • Nonperishable food
  • Manual can opener
  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Flashlight
  • Emergency candles
  • Matches
  • Essential medications
  • First aid kit
  • Extra glasses/contact lenses
  • Extra batteries
  • List of important addresses/phone numbers
  • Pet leashes/tags/immunization records



  • Blankets/sleeping bags
  • Cards and games
  • Water less hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper/paper towels
  • Baby supplies (if applicable)
  • Paper cups/plates
  • Plastic utensils
  • Garbage bags
  • Utility knife
  • Extra clothing
  • Work gloves
  • Basic tool kit

Wildfire season- things to do to be prepared

Wildfire Season – Things to do to be Prepared

  • Complete the annual tasks associated with defensible space (link).
  • Put together a 72-hour emergency kit (link to contents).
  • Maintain an inventory list documenting valuable items that you own.  You’ll need this should you make an insurance claim.  The list, along with photographs, receipts and other documentation should be stored in a safe place, away from your property.  You should also have copies of important documents (e.g., marriage license, mortgage, property/auto ownership documents, wills, driver’s licenses, insurance policies) stored away from your property.
  • Make a list of things that you would want to take with you should an evacuation be necessary.
  • Make a list of emergency phone numbers, including numbers for your insurance agent, bank, etc.
  • Know where your gas, electric and water main shut-off controls are and how to use them.
  • Create a family emergency plan, including a meeting place should an evacuation become necessary.  Establish a contact point to communicate with concerned relatives.
  • Talk to your neighbors about wildfire safety and how the neighborhood could work together before and during a wildfire.  This could include help with pets, children and/or disabled family members if the homeowner isn’t at home when an evacuation is ordered.
  • Review your homeowners insurance policy to be sure you are adequately covered. 

Wildfire threatening Genesee- things to do to be prepared

  • Complete a checklist of fire safety needs inside your home (these should be available at your local fire department). Examples include having an evacuation plan and maintaining smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
  • Develop your fire evacuation plan and practice family fire drills. Ensure that all family members are aware of and understand escape routes, meeting points and other emergency details.
  • Contact your county sheriff’s office and ensure that your home telephone number and other important phone numbers appear in the county’s Reverse 911 or other emergency notification database.
  • Prepare a “grab and go” disaster supply kit that will last at least three days, containing your family’s and pets’ necessary items, such as cash, water, clothing, food, first aid and prescription medicines.
  • Ensure that an outdoor water supply is available. If it is safe to do so, make a hose and nozzle available for responding firefighters. The hose should be long enough to reach all parts of the

You've been told to evacuate- things to do to prepare your house

  • IF YOU HAVE TIME when advised to evacuate:
  • Shut off natural gas and propane.
  • Place metal (not wooden) ladders against the side of your house to help firefighters defend your home.
  • Remove combustibles (patio furniture, firewood, etc.) within 30 feet of your home.
  • Put on any protective clothing and gear you are not already wearing (heavy shoes/boots, and clothing with natural fibers - not synthetics).
  • Close windows and doors to the house to prevent sparks and embers from blowing inside.
  • Close all doors inside the house to prevent draft.
  • Close or cover outside attic, eaves, basement vents and chimney flues.
  • Disconnect automatic garage door openers and leave garage windows and doors unlocked.
  • Take down drapes and curtains, and close all blinds and shutters to deflect heat.
  • Move overstuffed furniture away from windows and glass doors.
  • Leave exterior and interior lights on to offer visibility to responders.
  • Fill all bathtubs, sinks and other containers with water to deflect heat.
  • Do NOT leave sprinklers running.

In the event of a Level 3 Evacuation, you should leave immediately.  Do not take the time to prepare your home.