Preparing for a Wildfire
National Preparedness Month
Devastating wildfires are burning across the west coast. Being prepared is more important than ever. Below are some different steps to help you get prepared.
Get Prepared NOW: (Ready.Gov)
Sign up for alerts in your local community. “The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.” (ready.gov)
- Know the evacuation routes in your communities. It is important to know a few different ways to leave the area.
- Have a plan ready for your pets and livestock. Shelters do not allow for pets.
- Have a bag ready to go with emergency supplies that includes food and water, a first aid kit, cleaning supplies, medication, a mask for each member in your family, an extra pair of clothes and shoes, chargers for your phone and important documents.
- “Keep your important documents in a fireproof, safe place” (ready.gov).
- Create a “fire resistant zone,” at least 30 feet away from your house, that is free from flammable materials, leaves and debris.
- Make sure you review your home insurance
- Stay up to date with air quality alerts
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby
- “Designate a room that can be closed off from outside air. Close all doors and windows” (ready.gov).
- Listen to evacuation orders.
“Wildfires .” Ready.Gov, 9 Sept. 2020, www.ready.gov/wildfires.