If you live in an area that could be threatened by fire
Have a plan for evacuation:
Make sure everyone in your household knows the plan and where to meet outside the fire zone.
Make electronic copies of all of your critical documents, including identification and proof of insurance. Protect them with secure passwords and make sure you can access them remotely.
Prepare your home:
- If you repair or renovate your home, use fire-resistant materials, sometimes required by local building codes.
- Clear leaves and other flammable materials within 30 feet of your home.
- Create a “Clean Room” in your home.
Invest in hardening your home:
If there is an active wildfire in your area
Monitor Air Quality
Follow local agencies, be ready for evacuation orders
Sign up for emergency alerts. You can learn more about how at www.ready.gov.
You can track active fires on weather.gov/fire or fire.airnow.gov.
Find out where your city or county posts emergency information. Often, local emergency services share updates on social media such as Facebook or Twitter.
Be ready to evacuate
Plan several evacuation routes
If you have a car, keep a first aid kit, prescription medications, flashlights, food and water for people and pets, phone/device chargers, extra credit cards/cash and N95 masks in your trunk during fire season. Avoid flammable products. Keep your car fueled up enough to be able to reach your destination.
If you don’t have a vehicle, fill up a “go bag” with those same items. Keep it somewhere easy to reach.
Know where your irreplaceable items such as jewelry and family photos are. Have a plan for when you’ll move them to the car or “go bag.”
Preparing for Wildfires (CDC)
How to Prepare for a Wildfire (WA DNR)
Ready for Wildfire (CAL Fire)
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