Do You Know How to Prepare For an Evacuation?
Due to the recent devastating fires, it's best to be prepared in case of an evacuation. An evacuation can require immediate action. Here are a couple of steps from the CAL FIRE Ready for Wildfire, that can help you.
How to prepare for an Evacuation:
Inside the house
- Shut all windows and doors, leaving them unlocked.
- Remove flammable window shades, curtains and close metal shutters
- Remove lightweight curtains
- Move flammable furniture to the center of the room, away from windows and doors.
- Shut off gas at the meter; turn off pilot lights.
- Leave your lights on so firefighters can see your house under smoky conditions.
- Shut off the air conditioning.
- Gather up flammable items from the exterior of the house and bring them inside (Patio furniture, children's toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.) or place them in your pool.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures.
- Connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters. Fill water buckets and place them around the house.
- Don't leave sprinklers on or water running, they can affect critical water pressure.
- Have a ladder available and place it at the corner of the house for firefighters to quickly access your roof.
- Patrol your property and monitor the fire situation. Don't wait for an evacuation order if you feel threatened.
- Locate your pets and keep them nearby.
- Prepare farm animals for transport and think about moving them to a safe location early.