Being Ready - Wildfire Preparedness

Being Ready for wildfire starts with maintaining an adequate defensible space and by hardening your home by using fire-resistant building materials. Defensible space is the buffer you create by removing dead plants, grass and weeds. This buffer helps to keep the fire away from your home. Hardening your home means using construction materials that can help your home withstand flying embers finding weak spots in the construction, which can result in your house catching fire. It takes the combination of both Defensible space and the hardening of your home to really give your house the best chance of surviving a wildfire.

Getting Set

Before wildfire strikes, it is important that you get Set. Prepare yourself and your home for the possibility of having to evacuate. There are three main preparation actions that should be completed and familiar to all members of your household long in advance of a wildfire.

Steps to Getting Set:

GO! Evacuation Guide

Give your household the best chance of surviving a wildfire by being ready to go and evacuating early. This includes going through pre-evacuation preparation steps (only if time allows) to increase your home’s defenses, as well as creating a Wildfire Action Plan for your family. Being ready to go also means knowing when to evacuate and what to do if you become trapped.

Remember: When immediate evacuation is necessary, follow these
steps as soon as possible to get ready to GO!

  • Review your Evacuation Plan Checklist.
  • Ensure your Emergency Supply Kits in your vehicle.
  • Cover-up to protect against heat and flying embers, Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, heavy shoes/boots, cap, dry bandana for face cover, goggles or glasses. 100% cotton is preferable.
  • Locate your pets and take them with you.

Make a Plan in Case of Wildfire