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.
-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