Here are tips from CAL FIRE for things to do right away to help you survive a disaster.
Create an evacuation plan that includes:
- A designated emergency meeting location outside the fire or hazard area. This is critical to determine who has safely evacuated from the affected area.
- Several different escape routes from your home and community.
- Help for pets and large animals such as horses and other livestock.
- A communication plan that designates an out-of-area friend or relative as a point of contact to act as a single source of communication among family members in case of separation.
- Have fire extinguishers on hand and train your family on how to use them (check expiration dates regularly).
- Ensure that your family knows where your gas, electric, and water main shut-off controls are located and how to safely shut them down in an emergency.
- Assemble an emergency supply kit for each person, as recommended by the American Red Cross.
- Maintain a list of emergency contact numbers posted in your home and in your emergency supply kits.
- Keep an extra emergency supply kit in your car in case you cannot get to your home because of fire or other emergencies.
- Have a portable radio or scanner so you can stay updated on the fire.
- Tell your neighbors about your preparations and urge them to get prepared too.
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