Now is a good time to make sure you have an evacuation kit packed and ready to go in case of a wildfire or other emergency. Most of the items are things you already have at home, such as medications, Band-Aids, wet wipes and flashlights.
Experts say it’s important to have something you can grab if you have to evacuate immediately. "You never know how much time you have to prepare to evacuate,” said Ed Smith, as natural resource specialist with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. “If you get the notice, like in the Caughlin Fire-- it was a knock on the door saying ‘You have to leave right now.,.’" he added.
Smith says pet owners should put together a separate to-go bag for their pets too with pet food and extra water.
Smith says be sure to include important papers that you may need for insurance. "Home inventory, or better yet even a video tape of all your possessions in case you do lose your home, you have something to provide proof to the insurance companies," he said.
The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension has a list of what to pack on its website LivingWithFire.info. The cooperative extension is also giving out yellow Living With Fire bandanas, that have lots of good tips to help you prepare. You can pick them up at any cooperative extension office,