Like many natural disasters, wildfires are unpredictable. Plan for and rehearse evacuation well ahead of time. Include your neighbors; a joint procedure and alert system can save time and lives.
- Know who to call. Know your fire protection district. Post its number by all telephones, and program it into all cell phones. Gather contact information for prearranged meeting locations and neighborhood/school phone trees. Program these numbers into all cell phones.
- Prepare children too. Show children where phone numbers are posted and how to use them on a cell phone. Make sure they know where to go. Most schools have an evacuation plan. Become familiar with it before fire season.
- Designate emergency contacts. Choose people off-site, and program their numbers and addresses into all family phones.
- Have a way to get out. Maintain two escape routes in case one is not passable.
- Have a place to go. Make arrangements for a place to go. This is where everyone in your household will go if you are not together. Make sure everyone knows how they will get there.
- Prepare an emergency kit. Your kit should be packed and easy to access. It should include:
o Prescription medicines, medical equipment, and important medical records
o Food and water for three days for each person
o Baby supplies, including special food, sanitary items, and play items
o Pet supplies, including medications, food, leashes, collars with tags, and carriers
o Toilet articles (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.)
o Clothing for several days. Include socks, boots or close-toed shoes, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants. You might want to add leather gloves, a bandana, and a hat.
o Blankets, pillows, and towels
o A battery-powered radio
o Flashlights and batteries
o Phone chargers and batteries