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3 Commonly Neglected Evacuation Preparedness Tactics

Between this incredibly active hurricane season and the wildfires scorching much of California, most of you should be prepared, if you weren’t already, for a natural disaster. No matter where you live, a natural disaster can strike at any time, leaving you and your family to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Here are some commonly neglected evacuation tactics that could help protect you and your family in an emergency.

1. Water

Water is sometimes taken for granted as an everlasting resource. However, in the event of a natural disaster you may not have access to a safe water supply. Wells and other water suppliers may become contaminated; grocery stores may be closed or sold out of bottled water. So, make sure to keep an emergency supply of water on hand. The Center for Disease Control recommends storing at least one gallon of water for each person per day for at least three days. If you can safely prepare more, do so. Keep the water in a dark, dry, cool place, above the ground in case of damage from flooding.

2. Gas

The quickest way to escape a natural disaster in your area is to relocate by vehicle. Don’t allow your vehicle to run out of gas, because in an emergency, fuel may not be available and you won’t have time to stop on your way out of town. Don’t allow your gas tank to fall below the quarter-mark. During an evacuation, you need to get out as fast as possible, so you’ll need enough gas to allow you to sit in heavy traffic and get you completely out of the affected area.

3. Pet Supplies

If you have pets, they are your family too and should be included in your preparation plan. While you prepare your emergency water and food supplies, make sure to include enough for your pet(s) as well. Include any medications they will need with those for your family. Also, make sure your pet’s collar and leash is readily available to grab as you head out. Ready.gov outlines some additional pet evacuation tips you can use to prepare your four-legged friends.