Welcome to Be Wildfire Ready!
Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and watch as your actions positively contribute to reducing your community’s wildfire risk. Challenge your friends, your family, relatives, faith-based group or youth organization to develop a project and join others throughout the nation in making big changes. Your efforts will help raise wildfire awareness, promote collaboration and bring neighbors together to work on projects that can help protect homes, neighborhoods and entire communities from future wildfire risk or current post-fire impacts.
To learn more about 2015 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, visit WildfirePrepDay.org.
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Ready – Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildfire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space (Be Firewise!) by clearing brush and debris away from your home. Clean your gutters and roof- remove leaves and pine needles. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures. Move combustibles like firewood away from your home. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe spot. Make sure all people residing within the home are on the same page, plan escape routes. Create a family emergency communication plan or neighborhood phone tree. Call your insurance agent to ensure that your policy is up to date. Create a home inventory including all of the contents of your home.
Set – Act immediately! If you receive an emergency notification from the Grand County Dispatch Center or CodeRED to evacuate- pack your vehicle with your emergency items. Be situationally aware- stay abreast of the latest news, both reported on news crews and from your local government officials (www.gcemergency.com). Look for updated information on the fire on www.inciweb.org.
Go – Leave early! Following your Action Plan makes you prepared at this step of the process. Close windows and doors. Leave a note on your door letting first responders know that you have evacuated. Firefighters are now able to best fight the wildfire, knowing that you and your family are safely out of harm’s way.
Don’t let the first time you educate yourself on wildland fire be in the aftermath,
join with us and be a part of the wildland fire solution today!
Be Wildfire Ready recommends the Surviving Wildfire Handbook by Linda Masterson
Be Wildfire Ready would like to thank the University of Nevada Cooperative and
This website made possible with a grant from The Grand Foundation