Emergency Evacuation Plan

Creating a Wildfire Emergency Evacuation Plan

Once you’ve done all you can to keep your home from catching on fire and to make a stand on its own, you may still have to evacuate. You need to make a wildfire emergency action plan now, rather than waiting until you are forced to leave quickly. Here is what it should include:

  • Designate a meeting place for your family outside of your neighborhood
  • Identify a contact person and enter that person’s phone number in each family member’s cell phone
  • Keep originals of important documents off-site
  • Identify possible evacuation routes
  • Learn how to shut off your gas, electricity, and water
  • Plan for your pets

On the Day of a Wildfire Emergency Evacuation

When there is a red flag day or a fire is approaching, prepare for an urgent evacuation. Be sure to do these things to keep you family and your home safe on evacuation day:

  • Keep your car keys, wallet, glasses, and cell phone in a dedicated location that’s en route to your garage
  • Wear cotton or wool clothing, boots and hat
  • Know how to open your garage door manually and be sure to close it when you leave
  • Close all the openings in your home’s interior
  • Move combustibles away from windows
  • Extinguish spot fires from embers with a hose, bucket, or car mat if you can do so safely

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