Forest fires, natural disaster preparedness: what to have ready in case of evacuation or emergency

CENTRAL COAST, Calif .– Amid the Alisal fire, Central Coast officials want to remind residents to always be prepared in the event of an evacuation or emergency due to a wildfire or other disasters natural.

“Residents should always be prepared to have a ‘go-bag’ in the event of a forest fire, earthquake or other disaster,” said Santa Maria City spokesperson Mark van de Kamp. “This should include the basics such as food and water and up to three days.”

Van de Kamp said important documents should be included in this “go-bag”, some documents could be birth certificates, social security cards, photos and more.

Officials at the San Luis Obispo County Service Emergency Center said preparedness is very important in an emergency.

“At the time of an emergency, now is not the time for what to do,” said emergency services officer and former Cal Fire chief Scott Jalbert. “It is important to get this information in advance.

The City of Santa Maria and the SLO County Service Emergency Center recommend signing up for phone alerts.

To sign up for Santa Barbara County ReadySBC Alerts, Click here.

For the San Luis Obispo County Emergency Alert, Click here.

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