It’s just a matter of time before you and your family may receive notice that a wildfire is near and that you have to evacuate within minutes. Preparing now is key to your family’s safe evacuation in the case of a wildfire.

 

Be Ready to Evacuate

Set a meet-up location that you all know outside of the area. You’ll be able to determine if everyone got out.

Plan and regularly practice multiple escape routes out of your home and out of the neighborhood or area.

Know a plan for how you will evacuate all pets, livestock and other animals under your care.

Designate a family member or friend in another area as a point person for all family communications. This centralizes information and communication for your loved ones and reduces congested phone lines during an emergency.

 

Prepare For a Fire Emergency:

Keep working fire extinguishers in your home and ensure that each person knows how to use them. Check extinguisher expiration dates regularly.

Make sure that each family member knows where all utility shut-offs are located and how to safely shut off each (water, gas, electricity.)

Put together your family emergency supply kit, based on recommendations from the American Red Cross. See below for a basic list.

Keep copies of your emergency contact numbers posted in an obvious place at home and in your emergency supply kits.

Place an extra emergency supply kit and information in your car(s), in case your home is inaccessible during an emergency.

Keep a portable radio or scanner that you can use during an evacuation to keep updated on the latest fire information.

Share information. Talk with neighbors about Ready! Set! Go! and your Wildfire Action Plan.

 

Emergency Supply Kit:

– Three day supply of non-perishable food, three gallons of water per person

– Map marked with evacuation routes

First aid kit

– Prescriptions, medications

– Change of clothing

– Extra eyeglasses, contact lenses

– Extra car key copies

– Money (credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks)

– Flashlight Battery-powered radio, extra batteries

– Sanitation supplies

– Important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)

– Pet food and water

 

What to Bring If You Have Time:

– Easily carried valuables

– Family photos, other irreplaceable items

– Personal computer information on hard drives, disks

– Chargers for cell phones, laptops

Having a plan keeps everyone calm and organized! Make sure to communicate all information with your family and primary point of contact.