I posted on my facebook page about the Waldo Canyon Fire that is threatening Colorado Springs and the surrounding towns. Our home is currently safe, but the conditions remain dangerous. As part of the Waldo Canyon fire, the nearby town of Manitou Springs was evacuated during the night. If you had to leave your house in the middle of the night, would you be ready to go? Until today, I would have been scrambling. And, at 1:30 AM, I can assure you, I am not at my best.
My first order of business was to put together a few bags that could easily be grabbed. These would have the items we would need if we had to vacate our home quickly and move into a shelter. I know many of you also live in natural disaster zones – hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados – if you have anything you’d add, please leave a comment!
EMERGENCY EVACUATION BAGS
I packed three bags. The first was a backpack I was given last year at Blogher, and the other two were bags my mom got as a free gift with purchase. They are kinda girlie, but they were free and readily available to pack.
The bags were divided into three categories: Consumables, Comfort, & Care.
The idea is to try to have enough food for 72 hours. These supplies fall short, but would provide snacks in case we were stuck in traffic vacating town or if we needed to be in a shelter. The packed items include:
- Protein Bars – (10)
- Beef Jerky
- Fruit Leathers
- Peanut Butter
- Pineapple Slices
- Pet food & treats
- Starbucks Via **Total comfort consumable**
You might notice I didn’t include water. What I chose to do was to put a case of water under our bags. These could easily be loaded into the car and would provide more water than what a bag could hold.
I packed this bag with all the items that would make us more comfortable should we have to live in a shelter. If we left without this bag, we’d be ok, but we wouldn’t be as comfortable. Items included are:
- New underwear for all family members
- Socks for each family member
- Feminine Hygiene
- Toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss
- Eye drops
- **Hair Ties & Ball Cap – personal addition. I’m thinking we won’t be paying much attention to our hair!
- **Card Game – again, a personal item addition to try to make an ugly situation bearable.
The idea behind the care bag is what would be REALLY need to take care of our family in a true survival situation. Packed items include:
- Contact lens case & solution
- OTC medications (if anyone in your family requires a prescription, you’d want to pack a 3 day supply.)
- First aid kit
- Sewing kit
- Rain ponchos
- Heavy duty trash bags
- Work gloves
- Can opener
- **I included hand and toe warmers since we live in CO.
I now have the three Emergency Evacuation Bags hanging outside our garage door ready to grab and throw in the car.
I also have cases of water stashed below. Now, in the event of an evacuation, I know I will have the basic supplies ready to go!