With the surge of wildfires, Kimberley’s Fire Department is urging residents to have emergency grab and go kits ready to go.
Fire Chief Rick Prasad says its important to be prepared in case an evacuation is necessary.
He says the last thing you want to do in an emergency is scramble to pack essential belongings.
“If you have everything that’s important to you ready to go or at least a list of the things you need to grab, then your life will be a lot less stressful at that point in time,” Prasad says. “We always try to give people a lead-in that you may be faced with an evacuation coming up, but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes you need to get in there, you need to grab your stuff and you need to get out right away.”
Prasad says while there is no evacuations planned, you can never predict when an emergency will happen.
“There’s two ways to look at this. One, if you had to leave the home, what do you got to take with you,” Prasad says “The other thing you need to worry about is if you are stuck in your home, what do you have? Do you have water, some food, rations, that type of thing, until you can get out and get those materials.”
Some essential items to include in an emergency kit include passports, copies of ID and extra sets of keys.
Prasad says keeping bottles of water , a first aid kit and essentials for infants are also important.
– Kimberley Fire Chief Rick Prasad