Prepare for a wildfire
Follow these suggested steps to protect yourself and your family from a wildfire.
State law requires property owners to clear a fire-resistant zone 100 feet around their homes or buildings.Learn about fire-resistant zones
- Learn a few ways to evacuate your area for each of your family members. Your city might have evacuation maps, or you may need to find a few routes on your own.
- Pick a meeting place with your family.
- Practice traveling your evacuation routes.
- Find a few shelters along your routes.
- Make a plan to evacuate or protect your pets and livestock.
- Share your evacuation plans with your neighbors and ask about theirs.
- Choose one out-of-town person to communicate among everyone. That way, if you get separated, you can stay in touch if cell signals are cutting in and out.
- Keep a list of emergency contact numbers in your emergency kit.
Pack an emergency kit with:
- Canned food
- Manual can opener
- Bottled water
- N95 respirator masks
- First aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
- Flashlight and batteries
- A battery-operated radio or a scanner (it could help you learn safe routes to evacuate when cell signals are down)
Teach your family how to shut off your water, gas, and electricity.
- Natural gas leaks can cause explosions and fires. So it’s helpful to turn off the gas during a disaster.
- Clean water can be hard to find after a disaster. Turning off the water valve can protect your tap water from cracked lines and pollution.
- Electrical sparks can ignite natural gas leaks. To prevent damage during a wildfire, turn off the power to all of your house in your circuit box. Please note: Start by turning off all of the smaller circuits before you shut off the main circuit.
Make digital and hard copies of your important documents and IDs. Then, store those hard copies in a fireproof place.
Take pictures of your belongings and property and store those photos there, too.
Make sure your insurance plans would be enough to replace your home and all of your belongings.