Step 1: Sign Up for Emergency Notifications
Step 2: Prepare my Home and Family for Evacuation
Step 3: Make a To-Go Bag and Disaster Supplies Kit
Step 4: Understand Special Needs of Vulnerable Populations
Step 5: Prepare for Pets
Step 6: Print Evacuation Checklist
Local Emergency Notification Systems, commonly known as Reverse Dial, are used by safety officials to send phone calls, emails and texts to a specific area with a prepared message during an emergency. For example, if an area is asked to evacuate, this message will be sent to all of those residents who are in the system. Some residents might not receive these messages if the electricity fails, if the resident isn’t home during an emergency, does not have a land line, or if they have an unlisted phone number. Most systems allow residents to enter multiple forms of contact information, such as an unlisted home number, cell phone, work phone and email address into the database. The following are links on how to register in counties and areas that offer this service: ** Note** Not every county has Reverse Dial. If there is no Local Emergency please refer to your county’s emergency manager.
Residents of a fire adapted community are prepared to safely and effectively evacuate. To prepare in advance:
The to-go bag should be prepared now, before an emergency, be easily accessible and filled with at least a three day supply of items needed to help you quickly and safely evacuate your home. You may only have enough time to retrieve this bag. Essentials include:
If you anticipate an extended evacuation at an emergency shelter or your family is returning to a home without functioning electricity and water, these additional items for a disaster supplies kit will prove helpful:
Prepare to address the special needs of vulnerable populations, including the elderly, people with medical problems and people with certain disabilities.
Prepare to address the needs of your pets if you have to evacuate.
Remember, there is nothing you own worth your life! Please evacuate immediately when asked by fire or law enforcement officials. If you are concerned, don’t wait to be asked to leave. Drive slowly, turn on your vehicle headlights and stay as far to the right side of the road as possible. Always register with official personnel when you arrive at a shelter. Print this Wildfire Evacuation Checklist and, if you have time, use it as a guide to evacuate quickly and safely.
Kay, M., 2020, 6 Steps To Create an Evacuation Plan, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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