As wildfire season begins across the west, the American Red Cross would like to remind area residents to be prepared if they live in an area that may be prone to wildfires.
The following tips are basic information to keep in mind during wildfire season. For more detailed information and to learn how to make an emergency kit, visit redcross.org.
What should I do if there are reports of wildfires
in my area?
• Listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.
• Limit exposure to smoke and dust.
• Keep indoor air clean by closing windows and doors to prevent outside smoke from getting in.
What should I do to prepare ahead of time?
• Keep the areas surrounding your home clear of brush, debris, and other materials that may catch fire.
• Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply.
• Don’t forget to include critical documents, medications, and food and water for your entire family. Include supplies for your pets if they will evacuate with you.
Don’t wait. Evacuate.
If ordered to evacuate, leave immediately and head to your identified shelter - this can be with family or friends, or at a hotel, Red Cross shelter, or other location you select.
Have a Family Plan
• If separated, have a meeting place near your home.
• If you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate, identify a meeting place location outside of your neighborhood.
• Plan your evacuation routes. Your primary route may not be accessible, so list two routes.
• If your household is separated or unable to communicate with each other, have an outside emergency contact.
Returning home after a wildfire
• Do not enter your neighborhood or home until fire officials say it is safe.
• Use caution when entering burned areas – hazards may still exist, including hot spots which can flare up without warning.
Visit redcross.org for more information on how to make an emergency kit.