Emergency Plan - What to take with you.

Posted at Saturday, October 14, 2017 in General

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by Darlene Harman on Facebook page,  Southern California Equine Emergency Evacuation 

Each person must decide for himself or herself what items to gather according to any list depending upon the time given to evacuate. Here is a compilation of the more useful items to take, what to do before leaving, and what to do now to prepare.



 ___ Pet ID tags

----  Pet ID registration information

 ___ Pet leashes

 ___ Pet medications

 ___ Pet water bowls

 ___ Pets (if advance warning, take to an approved shelter)

 ___ Photographs of all family members

Disabled/Special Needs

 Helping Children

 In-Place Sheltering


 Prepare Your Vehicle 


 ___ Birth certificates

 ___ Car insurance card

 ___ Computer backup disks

 ___ Computers (including iPad, iPod, etc.) and chargers

 ___ Drivers' licenses

 ___ Health insurance card

 ___ House deed

 ___ Insurance papers

 ___ Legal documents

 ___ Marriage license

 ___ Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)

 ___ Tax papers 


 ___ Blank checks

 ___ Cash

 ___ Check books

 ___ Credit cards

 ___ Purse

 ___ Savings books

 ___ Wallet 


 ___ Analgesics

 ___ First-aid kit

 ___ Motion sickness tablets

 ___ Prescription dentures

 ___ Prescription glasses

 ___ Prescription hearing aids

 ___ Prescriptions 


 ___ Decorations, pins, awards

 ___ Family heirlooms

 ___ Gold, silver, and other valuable jewelry 


 ___ Family Bible

 ___ Irreplaceable keepsakes

 ___ Original paintings

 ___ Photos and albums, slides, movies, home videos 

Food and water (for three to seven days - if time permits)

 ___ Manual can opener

 ___ Non-perishable, ready-to-eat food

 ___ Pet food

 ___ Pet treats

 ___ Water (at least one gallon per person and pet per day) 

 Food Storage

 Water Storage

 Know where your Emergency Sanitations are located 

Toiletries (if time permits)

 ___ Sanitary devices

 ___ Shaving articles

 ___ Soap and towels

 ___ Toothbrushes and toothpaste 

Clothing (appropriate for the season - if time permits)

 ___ Change of clothing for each person (for one to seven days)

 ___ Change of underwear

 ___ Coats and jackets

 ___ Gloves and scarves

 ___ Hats and caps

 ___ Infant supplies and toys

 ___ Shoes and boots

 ___ Sleepwear 

Additional Items to Take (if time permits)

 ___ Cameras, chargers and/or extra batteries

 ___ Cell phones and chargers

 ___ Covered container to use as an emergency toilet

 ___ Flashlights and extra batteries

 ___ Portable radio and extra batteries

 ___ Reading material

 ___ Recreational items 

 First Aid Kit

 72-Hour Kit 


 ___ Close evacuation car windows but DO NOT LOCK CAR and leave keys in ignition

 ___ Close fire resistant window coverings, heavy drapes, and Venetian blinds

 ___ Close garage door but leave it unlocked (disconnect automatic garage door opener)

 ___ Close or cover outside vents and shutters

 ___ Cose sliding glass doors into the center of the house (DON'T lock them)

 ___ Determine where separated members will meet

 ___ Disconnect propane tank

 ___ Don't tie up telephone lines (notify friends and relatives by e-mail where to contact you)

 ___ Establish an evacuation plan, travel route, probable destination

 ___ Fill bathtubs, sinks, and containers with water

 ___ Fill evacuation vehicle gas tank

 ___ Follow any official agency's evacuation instructions

 ___ If instructed, tie large white cloth to front door knob

 ___ Leave one light on in each general area so firefighters can see your house in dark and smoke

 ___ Lock doors and windows

 ___ Make safety equipment obvious for firefighters (spigots, ladders, chain saws, hoses, etc.)

 ___ Move overstuffed furniture away from windows

 ___ Park evacuation vehicle in the garage heading toward street and travel route

 ___ Place a ladder against the roof of the house on the side opposite the approaching fire

 ___ Plug air vents and openings that are close to the ground

 ___ Prepare an "information note" to leave on the door detailing who you are and where you have gone

 ___ In your "information note" tell where flammables are (such as lawnmower gas, ammo, chemicals - move them all into one place)

 ___ Release any livestock in the area

 ___ Remove combustible items from around the outside of the house

 ___ Remove lace, nylon, or light material drapes and curtains

 ___ Soak burlap sacks, small rugs, or large rags in containers

 ___ Turn off appliances, thermostats, fireplaces, stoves

 ___ Turn off natural gas at meter

 ___ Turn on exterior lights 


 ___ Clear debris from roof and gutters

 ___ Clear driveway to at least 20 feet wide with 15 feet vertical clearance (for emergency vehicles)

 ___ Clear vegetation from within 3 feet of hydrants

 ___ Clear weeds and cut grass within 10 feet of structures, propane tanks, utility boxes

 ___ Develop outdoor water supply with hoses to reach entire house, nozzle, and pump

 ___ Document an annotated list of all belongings

 ___ Have fire tools, ladder, and fire extinguishers available

 ___ Install chimney screen or spark arrestor

 ___ Install enclosed sides on stilt foundations and decks

 ___ Install only non-combustible roof material

 ___ Install screens on foundation and eave vents

 ___ Install shutters, fire curtains, or heavy drapes on windows

 ___ Install smoke detectors and test quarterly

 ___ Keep evacuation vehicle gas tank full

 ___ Make a video of all belongings, talking about each

 ___ Post load limits on access bridges

 ___ Post name/address signs clearly visible from street or road

 ___ Practice family fire drill and evacuation plans

 ___ Practice STOP, DROP, and ROLL (should clothes catch on fire)

 ___ Prepare a list of valuables to take with you (store together, if possible)

 ___ Remove branches that overhang within 15 feet of roof and chimney

 ___ Remove trash and debris accumulations

 ___ Remove trees growing through porch, deck, or roof

 ___ Stack firewood uphill or on a contour at least 30 feet away from house

 ___ Take still pictures of all belongings as a backup

 ___ Thin and prune your trees and brush

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