More and more people are making their homes in woodland settings, rural areas or remote mountain sites. While residents in these areas enjoy the beauty of the environment around them, they also face the very real danger of wildfires. Droughts and dry conditions throughout various times of the year increase the risk for wildfires. Careless use of fire in highly wooded areas can also dramatically increase the chance of a wildfire, which can then quickly spread across trees and dry brush and threaten homes and businesses that are in the vicinity.
What Could Happen
- You might have to evacuate your home quickly.
- Your normal neighborhood street exit routes may be blocked.
- You may have to find another place to stay either for a short or lengthy time.
- You will need basic supplies while away.
- Find a place for pets?
How To Prepare
- Create and discuss your family plan for evacuation.
- Create and discuss emergency communication options.
- Do you have emergency supplies prepared for a quick exit? What about pet supplies?
- Are you ready to evacuate in a moment’s notice?
- Do you have a list of what to take or have it already prepared?
- Do you have extra copies of important documents stored elsewhere, not stored in your house?
- Is your home prepared for a wildfire? http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
- Watch the videos (below).
- Wildfires often begin unnoticed. However, they spread quickly and every second counts! Talk with members of your household about wildfires—how to prevent them and what to do if one occurs. http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/wildfire
- Download worksheet: Become Informed – Wildfire
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