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Prepare for a wildfire

Follow these suggested steps to protect yourself and your family from a wildfire.

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    State law requires property owners to clear a fire-resistant zone 100 feet around their homes or buildings.

    Learn about fire-resistant zones
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    Pack an emergency kit with:

    • Cash
    • 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)
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    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.
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    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.

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    Make sure your insurance plans would be enough to replace your home and all of your belongings.