Wildfire Evacuation Packing List

Wildfire Evacuation Packing List

August 21, 2021

2 min read


With the ever-growing threat of wildfires it's best to be prepared for any sort of evacuation. Below is a list to help you stay organized in case of an emergency.

Here’s a quick checklist to help ensure that you're taking everything important and necessary with you in case of an emergency. In some situations you will have time to prepare and not be rushed but other times may be immediate, it's best to be prepared for anything. Have an emergency plan made that everyone in your household knows and understands what to do if you need to quickly evacuate.  


Keep in mind the 5 P's of of evacuation: 

  1. People & Pets
  2. Prescriptions
  3. Papers
  4. Personal Needs
  5. Priceless Items

If you live in a high risk location, having a bag that is already packed and ready to go can be handy. Here are some suggested items:

Ready To Go Bag:

  • 1 Litre of water for each person
  • High energy snacks / non-perishable food
  • Headlamp / flashlight
  • Emergency blanket
  • Cash
  • Whistle
  • Spare clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Camping gear
  • Insurance papers and inventory of home contents (consider making a video of your inventory now, prior to an emergency)
  • Photographs of the exterior of the house and landscape
  • Computer backup files
  • Copies of important documents
  • Small first aid kit
  • Face masks or coverings

Last Minute Grab / out the door:

  • Prescription medication
  • Passport
  • Cell phone & charger
  • Laptop / computer
  • Credit and debit cards
  • Family heirlooms, art and photo albums
  • Pet supplies
  • Turn off utilities

Speciality Items:


  • Baby food
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Wipes
  • Medications


  • Kennel
  • Water
  • Medications
  • Leash / collar / ID tag
  • Food / treats

Be prepared! It will likely be dark, smoky, windy, and hot. There may be airborne burning embers, no power or telephone, and poor water pressure. Remember, there is nothing you own worth your life!

For more information, be sure to watch out for local fire alerts and recommendations from fire departments.


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