What to do before, during, and after a wildfire. The graphics and information below are courtesy of Living With Fire. For more tips, please visit their website at livingwithfire.info.
Evacuation Terms: An advisory is issued when there is reason to believe the emergency will escalate and require mandatory evacuations and provides residents time to prepare for evacuation. Voluntary evacuation is used when an area will most likely be impacted, while mandatory evacuation is when the situation is severe, and lives may be in danger.
Notification: No single method of communication is failsafe during an emergency, so use a combination of methods, including radio, television, and local government social media channels.
Time to Leave: Click here to download the Living With Fire Evacuation Guide.
If You Cannot Leave: Stay in your home, call 911 for assistance, stay away from windows, and do not attempt to leave until after the fire has passed. If you are not able to evacuate your animals, be sure to not leave them tethered outdoors, fill bathtubs and sinks with water, and notify your local animal services department about animals you had to leave when evacuating.
Before You Enter the House: The emotional trauma of a wildfire may be something you never forget. Make sure you talk to your kids about the fire and its effects. Do not hesitate to ask for counseling assistance from the American Red Cross or other disaster relief organizations.
Inside the House: Every day for the first several days back in your house, you should check for embers and smoke in the attics and in crawl spaces. Start a list of everything that has been damaged. Do not eat the food that you had in the house or drink any beverages.
Information and Resources: For more information and additional resources, please visit livingwithfire.info.