Most disasters are unexpected and can happen fast. Prepare for an earthquake, wildfire, flood, or other emergency with these simple steps!

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Make a plan to protect yourself and others

Make an evacuation plan that includes names, phone numbers, a designated meeting place and a plan for emergency housing. 

Get to safety with things you need

Pack your evacuation “Go Bag” with important legal documents, medications, cash and credit cards, a first aid kit, and a portable radio with batteries. 

Stay safe at home when you can't leave

Fill a “Stay Box” container with supplies that will help you and your family survive at home for three or more days. 

Help friends and neighbors get ready

Help your neighbors create their plans. In an emergency, they may be your first responders so helping each other creates a support network.

Think about who you want to connect with during an emergency. These may be family, neighbors, friends, caregivers, or someone outside the area where you live who won’t be affected by your local disaster. 
Be ready to go in the safest direction, to the nearest safe place, with little warning.  
  • Follow the guidance of local authorities.
  • Learn different ways to get out of your community fast.
  • Be ready to go to your safe place.
  • Important legal documents
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Map
  • Medication List
  • Listos California Disaster Ready Guide
Pack as you leave:
  • Wallet or purse and keys
  • Phone and charger
  • Medicine
Good to grab if you already own:
  • Portable radio
  • Flashlight
  • First aid supplies
  • Portable computer
  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food 
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio 
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Cloth face coverings, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes
  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Keep canned food in a cool, dry place.
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers.
  • Replace expired items as needed.
  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.
  • Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
  • Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.
  • Car: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.