Wildfire Emergency Planning

Would you know what to do in the event of an emergency? The following are some guidelines and recommendations to help you and your family prepare for a disaster.

Be Prepared

Start out by stocking a survival kit for your home: water, food, clothing, first aid kit, supplies, and special items. Keep these items in an easy-to-carry container ready to go in case of an evacuation. Suggested containers include a plastic storage bin, backpack, or duffel bag.

Put items in airtight plastic bags and store the emergency kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Consider keeping a kit in your vehicles as well. Evaluate contents of the kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace items as needed.

Plan and practice

  • Evacuation procedures
  • Individual roles
  • Communication plan

Stay in contact

  • Decide on a meeting place outside of the neighborhood.
  • Choose an out-of-state friend or relative that will act as a point of contact for everyone.

Meet with neighbors

  • Work together.
  • Assist neighbors with special needs.
  • Make plans for children at home if parents can’t return to the area.

Complete these steps

  • Post emergency phone numbers by every phone and program into cell phones.
  • Know how and when to shut off water, electricity, and gas at main controls.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on each level of your home near bedrooms.
  • Make arrangements for animals; public shelters do not accept them.

Personal safety should be the highest priority

  • During an evacuation, immediately follow instructions from fire, police, and emergency officials.
  • Learn alternate ways out of the neighborhood - plan and rehearse an escape plan.
  • Make a list of items to take with you - remember, you may only have a few minutes.
  • If told to evacuate immediately, take only essential items:  Medications/Prescriptions, Identification, Eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aids.

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