How to create a wildfire action plan

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There is no such thing as being too prepared for a wildfire. Tragedy can strike at any minute and having a Wildfire Action Plan in place can be a tremendous help in keeping you and your family safe.

A Wildfire Action Plan is a great resource for before, during and after a wildfire.

Here are some of the things ReadyForWildfire.org recommends for your Wildfire Action Plan.

Create an evacuation plan

  • Designate an emergency meeting location outside the fire or hazard area
  • Identify several different escape routes from your home and community. Practice these before a wildfire
  • Have an evacuation plan for pets and livestock
  • Create a Family Communication Plan
    • This should include out-of-area friends or family as a point of contact to act as a single source of communication in the case of separation

READ: Preparing your home and emergency bag for wildfire evacuations

RELATED: Protecting your pets during a wildfire emergency

Be prepared

  • Create an emergency supply kit and pet disaster kit
  • Make a list of emergency contacts
  • Make sure your family knows where your gas, electric and water main shut-offs are and how to shut them down

Remember the “Six Ps” 

  • People and pets
  • Papers, phone numbers and important documents
  • Prescriptions, vitamins and eyeglasses
  • Pictures and irreplaceable memorabilia
  • Personal computer hard drive and disks
  • “Plastic” (credit cards) and cash

RELATED: Ready, Set, Go: Understanding wildfire evacuation levels