Create a Fire Emergency Kit

Create Your Fire Emergency Kit Items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Flashlight and additional batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Infant formula and diapers, if you have a baby
  • Moist sanitizing towels, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • N95 masks, to filter the smoke from the air
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food

Clothing and Bedding if the power goes out, but you’re not immediately threatened by fire:

In a colder climate during fire season, you must think about warmth as if you’re camping. It is possible that the power will be out and you will not have access to your usual utilities. It is recommended that you have one full set of warm clothing and shoes per person, including:

  • A jacket or coat       
  • Long pants
  • A long sleeve shirt
  • Sturdy shoes
  • A hat and gloves
  • A sleeping bag per person

Additionally, we recommend the use of portable battery systems to charge phones or the radio, as a source of information about the fires in your area.

Jackery Portable Battery – Able to be charged for emergencies

Jackery Solar Panel – For situations where it is likely going to be more than a few days under threat of fire, without power.

Below are some other items for each of your family members preparing in their own supply kit. Items such as flares and matches should be handled by adults only.

  • For a first aid book or other emergency reference material, print out of the information on
  • Rain gear
  • Disposable utensils and plates
  • Paper towels
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Tent, for 4, or for 8, depending on family size.
  • Sleeping Bag, one per person
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container*
  • Signal flare*
  • Paper, pencil
  • Personal hygiene items including feminine supplies
  • Important Family Documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container

If you have all the above items, and have made your Emergency Fire Kit, start making your Fire Action Plan, here. OR you can navigate to our checklist from the top of our site. Remember, you are the first responder.

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2 comments on “Create a Fire Emergency Kit”

  1. I keep a 3 week supply of food, water, cat food and litter, along with clothing, bedding, tents, camping gear, a stove and fuel, and all that stuff in a series of easy to grab duffels. I can put the duffels and the rest of the stuff in my SUV within 10 minutes. However, I've got 8 cats, and it take 20 minutes to put them in their carriers. But, within 30 minutes, we're all packed up and on the road, heading for an evacuation site.

  2. I set my computer to back up every 30 minutes so I can simply unplug it and stick it in a pocket. In the adrenaline rush to leave (I've been evacuated 3 times) it's easy to forget things you wouldn't normally stash in a bugout bag so I tape a list to my front door for a reminder.
    • Hard drive
    • Guitar
    • Cash
    • Keys
    • CPAP machine
    • Meds and toilet kit

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