Plan ahead in case of wildfire evacuation

Plan ahead in case of wildfire evacuation

For many homeowners and families in Washington State, preparing for a potential wildfire evacuation is a reality of their summer. For others, having to leave home is much less likely, but emergency relief groups suggest that everyone have a plan in place, in case of any emergency or disaster.

The Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FEMA) makes it simple: If your home is placed under an evacuation order, think of the 5 P’s.

1) PEOPLE

Getting yourself and anyone else in your home out is a priority. If safely possible, bring your pets and other animals / livestock, too.

2.) PRESCRIPTIONS

Bring any medications you or your family needs, with dosages. That includes medical equipment- and don’t forget batteries or power cords.

Also: Pack glasses, or contacts, and hearing aids.

3.) PAPERS

That means documents stored electronically, too. Grab financial information and important identification documents. FEMA also recommends taking a look at your homeowner’s insurance policy and keeping those documents with you so that, if your home is damaged by a fire, you’re prepared.

4.) PERSONAL NEEDS

This is your basic supply kit- good to have on hand in case of any emergency. Pack food, water, first aid supplies as well as cash, cell phones (with chargers) and a flashlight. FEMA has a more detailed kit checklist on their website: you can find that here.

5.) PRICELESS ITEMS

Grab the things that mean the most. Pictures, irreplaceable mementos or heirlooms, and other valuables. If you have young kids, bring a favorite stuffed animal or toy.

For more information on how to be prepared for w wildfire, check out the FEMA website here. You can also find helpful information from the Red Cross.