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Wildfire Evacuations: Here’s What to Bring (Tx Dept of Health alert)

Texas Department of State Health Services
September 6, 2011

Wildfire Evacuations: Here’s What to Bring

As wildfires threaten many areas of the state, the Texas Department of State Health Services urges Texans to make sure they have grab-and-go items gathered in case evacuation becomes necessary.

People should bring the essentials, including:

  • Food and water
  •  Cash
  • First aid kit
  • Phone chargers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Extra clothes, shoes
  • Pet supplies
  • Prescriptions and backup medications
  • Baby items
  • Blankets, pillows
  • Maps

People should also gather important documents and other items, including:

  • Photo IDs
  • Social security cards, birth certificates or proof of citizenship
  • Computer files (hard drives, CD, DVD, USB drive, etc.)
  • Medical records, X-rays, benefits documents, etc.
  • List of medications with dosages, doctors’ phone numbers
  • Duplicate prescriptions from doctor
  • List of important phone numbers (family, friends, etc.)
  • Financial statements, insurance and property documents
  • Wills
  • Copies of important keys

For checklists and information about how to build a custom plan, go to

For information on the health effects of wildfire smoke, visit:



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