If a wildfire was headed your way, would you know what to do? According to America’s PrepareAthon! the best action to protect yourself and your family when a wildfire threatens your area is to evacuate.
To ensure you will be able to evacuate quickly, you need to plan ahead. America’s PrepareAthon! offers these tips for a safe evacuation, including:
· Know your community’s local evacuation plan and identify several escape routes for your location in case roads are blocked; include plans to evacuate people with disabilities and others with access or functional needs, as well as pets, service animals, and livestock;
· Make a list of items you need or want to take with you. Be sure to remember the Five P’s Of Evacuation: People, Prescriptions, Papers, Personal Needs, and Priceless Items; and
· If you will evacuate by car, keep your car fueled and in good condition. Keep emergency supplies and a change of clothes in your car.
When driving away from a fire:
· Roll up windows and close air vents because smoke from a fire can irritate your eyes and respiratory system;
· Drive slowly with your headlights on because smoke can reduce visibility;
· Watch for other vehicles, pedestrians, and fleeing animals; and
· Avoid driving through heavy smoke, if possible.
For more information about preparing for wildfires, download the How to Prepare for a Wildfire guide from America’s PrepareAthon!
The FEMA app is another great resource to help you prepare for wildfires and other hazards. Download the FEMA app today to receive safety reminders, alerts from the National Weather Service, and more!
From FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness e-Brief, July 28, 2016. Provide other events and services for individual and community preparedness that could be included in future newsletters by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org