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We are a tenacious team of volunteers whose goal is to inform our neighbors during times of critical incidents. Living in Southern California can be risky during our “year-round” fire season. We are here to keep you up to date on everything you need to know and how best to prepare for a critical incident.

We were founded on June 16, 2016. Our growth rate has been exponential since our inception because of our accuracy in information dispersal. We are still in the growing process and we continue to add new features on a regular basis. Please check back here as we will post our new options here once solidified.

 

Create an Action Plan

ARE YOU SET?

CREATE A WILDFIRE ACTION PLAN

Your Wildfire Action Plan must be prepared, and familiar to all members of your household well in advance of a wildfire. Use the checklist below to help create your plan. Each family’s plan will be different, depending on a variety of issues, needs, and situations.

YOUR WILDFIRE ACTION PLAN CHECKLIST
Create an evacuation plan that includes:

  • A designated emergency meeting location outside the fire or hazard area. This is critical to determine who has safely evacuated from the affected area.
  • Several different escape routes from your home and community. Practice these often so everyone in your family is familiar in case of emergency.
  • Have an evacuation plan for pets and large animals such as horses and other livestock.
  • A Family Communication Plan that designates an out-of-area friend or relative as a point of contact to act as a single source of communication among family members in case of separation. (It is easier to call or message one person and let them contact others than to try and call everyone when phone, cell, and internet systems can be overloaded or limited during a disaster.)

Be Prepared:

  • Have fire extinguishers on hand and train your family how to use them (check expiration dates regularly).
  • Ensure that your family knows where your gas, electric, and water main shut-off controls are located and how to safely shut them down in an emergency.
  • Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit for each person, as recommended by the American Red Cross. (See next section for details.)
  • Maintain a list of emergency contact numbers posted near your phone and in your emergency supply kit.
  • Keep an extra Emergency Supply Kit in your car in case you cannot get to your home because of fire or other emergency.
  • Have a portable radio or scanner so you can stay updated on the fire.
  • Tell your neighbors about Ready, Set, Go! and your Wildfire Action Plan.

*Source:  Action Plan

Emergency Supply Kit

ASSEMBLE AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT

Put together your emergency supply kit long before a wildfire or other disaster occurs and keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate. Plan to be away from your home for an extended period of time. Each person should have a readily accessible emergency supply kit. Backpacks work great for storing these items (except food and water) and are quick to grab. Storing food and water in a tub or chest on wheels will make it easier to transport. Keep it light enough to be able to lift it into your car.

EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT CHECKLIST

-Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person.
-Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
-Prescriptions or special medications
-Change of clothing
-Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
-An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks
-First aid kit
-Flashlights & Batteries
-Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
-Sanitation supplies
-Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
-Don’t forget pet food and water!

Items to take if time allows:
-Easily carried valuables
-Family photos and other irreplaceable items
-Personal computer information on hard drives and disks
-Chargers for cell phones, laptops, etc.

***Always keep a sturdy pair of shoes and a flashlight near your bed and handy in case of a sudden evacuation at night.***

For more information on emergency supplies, visit http://www.ready.gov/

Taken from:  http://readyforwildfire.org

 

Evacuation List

PRE-EVACUATION PREPARATION STEPS

When an evacuation is anticipated, follow these checklists (if time allows) to give your home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.

Home Evacuation Checklist – How to Prepare for Evacuation:
Inside the House~

-Shut all windows and doors, leaving them unlocked.
-Remove flammable window shades, curtains, and close metal shutters.
-Remove lightweight curtains.
-Move flammable furniture to the center of the room, away from windows and doors.
-Shut off gas at the meter; turn off pilot lights.
-Leave your lights on so firefighters can see your house under smoky conditions.
-Shut off the air conditioning.

Outside the House~

-Gather up flammable items from the exterior of the house and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.) or place them in your pool.
-Turn off propane tanks.
-Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures.
-Connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters. Fill water buckets and place them around the house.
-Don’t leave sprinklers on or water running, they can affect critical water pressure.
-Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters in the smoke or darkness of night.
-Put your Emergency Supply Kit in your vehicle.
-Back your car into the driveway with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed. Carry your car keys with you.
-Have a ladder available and place it at the corner of the house for firefighters to quickly access your roof.
-Seal attic and ground vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals.
-Patrol your property and monitor the fire situation. Don’t wait for an evacuation order if you feel threatened.
-Check on neighbors and make sure they are preparing to leave.

Animals
-Locate your pets and keep them nearby.
-Prepare livestock for transport and think about moving them to a safe location early. If you must release your livestock, spray paint your cell number on the side of your animal for easy identification

Take from READY FOR WILDFIRE: http://readyforwildfire.org

Trapped!

WHAT TO DO IF YOU BECOME TRAPPED

While in your vehicle:
-Stay calm.
-Park your vehicle in an area clear of vegetation.
-Close all vehicle windows and vents.
-Cover yourself with wool blanket or jacket.
-Lie on vehicle floor.
-Use your cell phone to advise officials—call 911.

While on foot:
-Stay calm.
-Go to an area clear of vegetation, a ditch or depression on level ground if possible.
-Lie face down, cover up your body.
-Use your cell phone to advise officials—call 911.

While in your home:
-Stay calm, keep your family together.
-Call 911 and inform authorities of your location.
-Fill sinks and tubs with cold water.
-Keep doors and windows closed, but unlocked.
-Stay inside your house.
-Stay away from outside walls and windows.

Take from READY FOR WILDFIRE:  http://readyforwildfire.org