Ready, Set, Go!
Being Ready - Wildfire Preparedness
Being Ready for wildfire starts with maintaining an adequate Defensible Space and using fire resistant building materials. Defensible Space is the buffer you create by removing dead plants, grass and weeds. This buffer helps to keep the fire away from your home. Hardening your home means using construction materials that can help your home withstand flying embers finding weak spots in the construction, which can result in your house catching fire.
It takes the combination of both Defensible Space and the hardening of your home to really give your house the best chance of surviving a wildfire.
Before wildfire strikes, it is important that you get Set. Prepare yourself and your home for the possibility of having to evacuate. There are three main preparation actions should be completed and familiar to all members of your household long in advance of a wildfire.
Three Steps to Getting Set, Courtesy of CALFIRE's Go! Evacuation Guide:
1.Create a Wildfire Action Plan that includes evacuation planning for your home, family and pets.
2.Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit for each person in your household.
3.Fill-out a Family Communication Plan that includes important evacuation and contact information.
GO! Evacuation Guide
Give your household the best chance of surviving a wildfire by being ready to go and evacuating early. This includes going through pre-evacuation preparation steps (only if time allows) to increase your home’s defenses, as well as creating a Wildfire Action Plan for your family. Being ready to go also means knowing when to evacuate and what to do if you become trapped.
Remember: When immediate evacuation is necessary, follow these steps as soon as possible to get ready to GO!
1. Review your Evacuation Plan Checklist
2. Ensure your Emergency Supply Kit is in your vehicle.
3. Cover-up to protect against heat and flying embers. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, heavy shoes/boots, cap, dry bandanna for face cover, goggles or glasses. 100% cotton is preferable.
4. Locate your pets and take them with you.