Chief’s Corner: Have you thought about evacuation?
We are right in the middle of wildfire season, so it’s no time to get complacent.
Some of the most devastating fires happen in September and October. Now that you have your home prepared with good defensible space, it’s time to prepare for the possibility of an evacuation.
Once the wildfire starts and emergency officials begin calling for evacuations, it’s too late to come up with your evacuation plan. Now is the time to plan!
If officials decide to evacuate your area they will in all likelihood notify you using multiple systems, including a Nixle text to your smart phone, local media including 101.5 radio, reverse 911, Placer Alert in Placer County and Code Red in Nevada and Washoe counties.
Go to Nixle.com and either Placer Alert or Code Red, depending on your county, to sign up to receive these emergency notifications. Be in the know!
REMEMBER The 6 P’s
Keep the 6 P’s ready in case of an evacuation!
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, ATM cards) and cash
Other things to consider include having a communication plan that designates a friend or relative that lives outside the area as the point of contact in case of separation. Have fire extinguishers and garden hose ready to assist your escape. Know your way around your neighborhood and consider different ways out in an emergency. Pack a small backpack with emergency supplies if you are away from your home for an extended period of time.
Go to Readyforwildfire.org to learn more about preparing for an evacuation.
Bill Seline is the Fire Chief for the Truckee Fire Protection District.