The goal of planning for a wildfire is just like the goal of any disaster. The reason that you prepare is so that you, or you and your family and friends, can survive. A wildfire is dangerous, fast, and destructive. What do you do if you see a wildfire? Do you evacuate? How will you know? Here are a few safety tips for dealing with wildfires:
1. Stay Informed!
The best way to stay informed about hazardous events is to pay attention! Most likely, you use the internet, TV, or a Radio to get your news. Apply the same tactics to staying alert for hazardous weather. This is where you will hear the most updated information and where you will hear professional announcements regarding the situation.
2. If Ordered to Evacuate-Do It!
No matter what you are doing, or what you think you can accomplish, you should immediately evacuate if told to do so. Even if the fire is in your area and the order has not been given you should prepare to leave. There is nothing more valuable than your life, and the life of your family.
3. If you see a fire, call!
What if you see a fire? Someone must have called it in, right? The correct thing to do if you spot a fire is to call 911 immediately to notify the authorities. It is likely that it has already been called in; but it is just as likely that nobody has called in because they suspect that everyone else has already done so. Nothing bad will happen if you call in and find out that they already know. There will be extreme consequences if it turns out that nobody has called.
4. Evacuate- Don’t Delay!
When you evacuate, don’t delay. If you have a minute or two, think about what is important. Really, you should focus on getting you and your family to safety. If you have time, and only if, you may be able to grab your pets or some small important items. However, none of those things should be on your priority list if you do not have time. People are not replaceable. This is why you prepare beforehand, so that you can have your birth certificates, cash, grandma’s watch, and Rover all packed and ready to go in the case of an emergency.