Preparing your family for wildfires

Preparing your family for wildfires

SPOKANE, Wash. - Wildfires happen very quickly and you may not always have time to come up with an evacuation plan. During this season it's best to prepare for the worst.

The American Red Cross says there is a lot you can do ahead of time to make sure you and your family are ready in case of an evacuation.

When it comes to being prepared the Red Cross breaks it down into three steps.

Make a plan, make a kit and be informed.

"Talk to family members about where to go if a wildfire were to happen. An emergency evacuation plan with where people can meet is really important," said Kyle Miller, Instructor for the Red Cross.

Select a place outside of your neighborhood for family members to meet in case you cannot get home or cell towers are not working.

"Planning is key, knowing what to do in an emergency and not being caught off guard," said Miller.

Which means having an emergency kit packed and ready to go.

It's best to have one that can last up to 3 days.

"The authorities might take a while to get to your house so you may be on your own up to 72 hours," said Miller.

You'll need one gallon of water per person per day. Also pack copies of important documents, non-perishable food items, a phone charger, medication and a first aid kit.

If you don't want to worry about packing all of this yourself, you can buy a go kit from the Red Cross.

"[Keep the kit] somewhere it is easily accessible by your back door or something where you can just grab and go in a moment's notice," said Miller.

The third step is to be informed and there are a lot of ways to do that.

One way is with the Red Cross wildfire app.

The app shows you the latest wildfire news, what to do during a wildfire and how to recover.

You can also visit or both websites have lists of how to respond during a wildfire and how to recover.