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Tips on being prepared for emergency situations

Tips on being prepared for emergency situations

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 19, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police officers were instrumental in getting residents off of Mount Charleston ahead of the Carpenter 1 wildfire.

They also helped make sure that the residents returned home safely.

Police and residents say that it was an eye-opening experience for them.

In this week's Crime Beat, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is sharing some important advice on being ready in times of danger.

Police say that people should have a "go bag" containing a copy of a person's driver's license, birth certificate, marriage license and any significant medical records.

Also, a list of phone numbers and addresses of friends and family, needed medications and a first aid kit.

Also, make sure to bring a cell phone and a charge, cash and credit cards.

Police also suggest a secondary bag that is ready to go with snacks, water, toiletries, a towel and extra clothes.

And, police say that families should have a plan. Set up a meeting point in case family members become separate and cell phone service goes down.

Joyce Lupiani

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