Wildfires are a major threat in the state of California both for public safety and the natural surrounding habitat. From rising temps to droughts and even dry vegetation – there are so many reasons that this problem has been increasing in the area.
In fact, one-quarter of the state — more than 25 million acres — is now classified as a very high or extreme fire-threat area.
As a business and a homeowner, you must be prepared.
Here are some tips for putting together an effective evacuation plan for wildfires.
Create a Checklist
The first thing you’ll need for an effective wildfire evacuation plan is a checklist. It’s one of the best ways to keep things orderly during the chaos and not forget anything important when so much hectic activity is unfolding. Always be sure to run down the list as you head out to ensure you’ve grabbed necessary people and pets, prescriptions, and other irreplaceable items.
Train and Inform
Having a plan for what to do in advance is critical. More than just writing it down, you need to train and teach your staff and even your household about how to achieve the action on the list. This could include who to call, where to go to meet up after a disaster, what supplies to take, and even an evacuation and escape route.
Have Supplies Ready
An emergency supplies kit that contains essentials and is easily accessible is critical to take with you during a wildfire evacuation. Key items to include are face masks, non-perishable foods, basic first aid supplies, flashlights, batteries, and sanitation supplies.
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