The 5+ Things I Would Grab In Case of an Evacuation

800px-Flashlight_(Wuzur)Driving back from Fresno yesterday evening, I could see the hazy, hot pink sky and billowing smoke as I headed towards LA proper.  Nasty.  And scary.  If you’re within striking distance of any of the four major fires and are packing your things in case of a forced (or unforced) evacuation, the Red Cross has a handy guide of important items to pack.  Please don’t forget that your pets need evacuation kits too – the ASPCA has a great list here.

The Red Cross’ list includes:


  • Flashlight + batteries
  • Radio (battery powered) + batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (prescription and non-prescription) & glasses
  • Water (at least one gallon per person is recommended; more is better) and non-perishable foods
  • Change of clothes and sleeping bag for each household member
  • Checkbook, cash, and credit cards
  • Map (i.e., dust off that Thomas guide and if you have a portable GPS, now would be the time to charge it)
  • I also recommend that you grab your portable external hard drive if you can (i.e., back up your computer NOW)


  • Driver’s license or personal identification
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of residence (deed or lease)
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Stocks, bonds, and other negotiable certificates

Feel free to make additional suggestions in the comments.  Good luck to everyone – stay safe!

3 thoughts on “The 5+ Things I Would Grab In Case of an Evacuation”

  1. I cannot stress enough to have in your evac pack your Homeowners, Renters and Car insurance docs in the event you have a loss. Have cash in the pack as you don’t always know where the nearest ATM is or what you might need to buy right now and phone lines are down affecting debit/credit purchases.

  2. Thanks for the reminder. Obviously, even w/o fires, earthquake risk is enough to create the need for these getaway kits. I keep docs in a “fire box” with handle that does double duty as easy thing to grab for getaway, and durable box to withstand fire or earthquake. I keep separate kits in home and car (including lots of water and some MREs). If I end up never needing any of this, it will be the best small amount of time and money that I ever wasted.

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