Wildfires can be devastating and unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean you have to be caught off guard. Taking the time to plan ahead can help ensure your safety in the event of a wildfire. Here are a few things to keep in mind when prepping for a potential wildfire.
Having go-bags prepared with essential items is one of the best ways to stay safe during a wildfire. Keep these bags packed with at least three days worth of clothing and supplies, including:
- Non-perishable food
- Flashlights and batteries
- First aid kits
- Portable chargers.
It also helps to have a map or GPS device to find a safe place if you need to evacuate quickly.
Property and Possessions
When prepping for a potential wildfire, it is essential to consider any property or possessions that may be affected by smoke damage or fire damage. Make sure all outdoor furniture is brought inside and away from windows in case of smoke inhalation. If possible, move valuable items such as jewelry or electronics away from windowsills. Also, consider keeping hoses and other garden equipment handy in case you need them for emergency firefighting efforts.
If local authorities issue an evacuation order due to an impending wildfire, having an evacuation plan ready is crucial. Pick two meeting places—one close by for day evacuations and another farther away just in case evacuation needs to occur overnight. Additionally, practice different driving routes out of town, so you will know which way will be safest when time is of the essence.
Wildfires can happen anywhere at any time; while they are unpredictable, they don’t have to catch you off guard. Taking simple steps can help protect yourself and your loved ones if a disaster strikes unexpectedly.
If you or someone you know has suffered property loss from a wildfire, be sure to contact Robins Cloud LLP today. We can assist you with taking the next steps toward rebuilding your life.
Call us at (800) 691-2363 or visit fill out a contact request form on our website.