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During a wildfire, embers can travel miles, if the wind currents are correct, and start homes and neighborhoods on fire. When you can see flames in the distance, it is always a good idea to complete the Pre-evacuation checklist and prepare your family to evacuation on a moment notice.

 

 

Here is a well-rounded checklist you can follow. Remember you can always add to this list, depending on your family needs.

 

  • Review your family emergency plan and activate your family emergency communication plan.

 

  • The family emergency communication plan is more text based messaging than voice calls.

 

  • Seal attic and ground vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals.

 

  • Wet or remove shrubs within 15 feet of your residence.

 

  • Gather fire tools such as a rake, axe, handsaw or chainsaw, bucket, and shovel.

 

  • Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape. Shut doors and roll up windows. Leave the key in the ignition and the car doors unlocked. Close garage windows and doors, but leave them unlocked. Disconnect automatic garage door openers.

 

  • Open fireplace damper. Close fireplace screens.

 

  • Close windows, vents, doors, blinds or noncombustible window coverings, and heavy drapes. Remove flammable drapes and curtains.

 

  • Move flammable furniture into the center of the residence away from windows and sliding-glass doors.

 

  • Close all interior doors and windows to prevent drafts.

 

  • Place valuables that will not be damaged by water in a pool or pond.

 

  • Turn on a battery-operated radio to get the latest emergency information.

 

  • Remove combustible items from around the house. Lawn and poolside furniture, Umbrellas, Tarp coverings, and excess Firewood.

 

  • Take down flammable drapes and curtains and close all venetian blinds or noncombustible window coverings.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Put your Emergency Supply Kit in your vehicle.

 

  • Back your car into the driveway with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed. Carry your car keys with you.

 

  • Have a ladder available and place it at the corner of the house for firefighters to quickly access your roof.

 

  • Place combustible patio furniture inside.

 

  • Dress appropriately. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, gloves and a bandana.

 

  • Confine or secure your pets to one room or area. Prepare them to be transported.

 

  • Patrol your property and monitor the fire situation. Don’t wait for an evacuation order if you feel threatened.

 

  • Check on neighbors and make sure they are preparing to leave.

 

  • Prepare Go Bags.
    • Three days of food and water
    • Three days of clothing
    • Basic First Aid Kit