5 Sep 2011
READY, SET, GO!
READY. Prepare for the possibility of a wildland fire before the threat occurs. Take preventive actions to make your home safer from the threat of wildfire by using Firewise and similar principles (firewise.org).
- Remove combustible materials from around your home. Keep grass mowed short.
SET. Elevate your family’s awareness when fire weather occurs or when wildland fire activity increases. Form a family disaster plan.
- Agree on an evacuation plan that includes what to do if you get separated and where you’ll go in case of evacuation.
- Pack critical medicines, important documents, family heirlooms to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
GO. This is the simplest step: Execute your disaster plan by leaving early, well before the fire arrives.
- If instructed to evacuate, do so! Your “stuff” isn’t more important than your LIFE.
Resources: texasfirestorm.org and redcross.org.
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