How to Evacuate During the Pandemic
DCARA has important information how to evacuate during the pandemic.
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HOW TO EVACUATE DURING PANDEMIC:
Put together your emergency to-go bag before a wildfire or other disaster occurs and keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate.
Each person should have a readily accessible emergency supply kit. Backpacks work great for storing these items (except food and water) and are quick to grab. Storing food and water in a tub or chest on wheels will make it easier to transport.
Keep it light enough to be able to lift it into your car. Ensure you plan with COVID-19 in mind.
How to prepare for evacuation:
• STAY CALM as much as possible
• Write a draft email of where you’ll be going and staying to communicate with your family or loved ones
• Mask bags with few face coverings and N95 masks
• Hand sanitizers and personal hygiene items
• Phone, device and laptop chargers
• Prescriptions or special medications
• Wallet with credit cards, cash in case ATMs don’t work during power outage
• Bag with change of clothing, extra eyeglasses or contact lenses, extra set of car keys
• First aid kit, Flashlight, Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
• Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
• Don’t forget pet food and water!
How to survive at shelter during the pandemic:
• Wash hands, keep social distance
• Avoid high-touch areas in shelters
• Disinfect your area frequently
Items to take if time allows:
• Easily carried valuables
• Family photos and other irreplaceable items
• Personal computer information on hard drives and disks
• Always keep a sturdy pair of shoes and a flashlight near your bed and handy in case of a sudden evacuation at night.