South Okanagan residents urged to pack an emergency kit before you need it

Prepare a bag ahead of time

While hundreds are still evacuated from their homes due to the Keremeos Creek wildfire, emergency officials are urging everyone else to take the time to pack a “grab and go” bag.

“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,” says RDOS 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.”

The kit should include the following:

  • Enough water for three days
  • Food that won’t spoil such as canned goods, dried foods
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Candles / matches
  • First Aid kit
  • Medications
  • Whistle (to attract attention, if required)
  • Extra keys for your house and vehicle (fully fuelled)
  • Change of clothing
  • Blankets
  • Toilet paper
  • Cash in small bills, credit cards
  • List of key contacts
  • Face masks
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Paper, pencil or pen
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificates, insurance, passports)
  • Charger for cellphones, laptop and other devices
  • Pet food and bowls (if required)
  • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses / contact lens solution (if required)
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes (if required)

Items to take if time allows:

  • Easily carried valuables
  • Family photos and other irreplaceable items
  • Personal computer information on hard drives and disks
  • Always keep a sturdy pair of shoes and a flashlight near your bed in case of a sudden evacuation at night.

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