Wildfire preparedness tips from CAL FIRE: ‘Ready, set, go’

(KRON) — As California’s wildfire season begins, so has CAL FIRE. Recommended Releasing wildfires for residents to create “Go bags” and take other measures.

CAL FIRE divides these phases into three categories: ready, set, and go.

  • To prepare, CAL FIRE recommends preparing your home with fire-resistant materials and removing dead vegetation around your home to create a 100-foot buffer zone.
  • To prepare, families should prepare a wildfire action plan, communications plan and emergency supply kit, CAL FIRE said.
  • An emergency “go bag” is stocked with essential items needed in the event of a fire.

The CAL FIRE “Go Bag” essentials list includes:

  • A three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Three gallons of water
  • A map containing at least two evacuation routes
  • Face masks
  • Prescriptions
  • Glasses or contact lenses
  • First aid
  • Flashlight
  • An additional set of clothes
  • Battery powered radio with extra batteries
  • Copies of important documents such as birth certificates
  • Toiletries and extra car keys
  • Credit cards, traveler’s checks or cash.

These “goo bags” should contain toiletries such as toilet paper, feminine products, toothbrushes, and deodorant.

Families should make sure to pack a “go bag” and enough food and water for each person. Make sure there is canned food and water available for any pets.

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These items can be kept in a bag or other container, and food and water are best kept in a portable tub or chest on wheels. Any items should be light enough to be lifted into the vehicle.

If there is enough time during evacuation, CAL FIRE recommends removing valuables, family photos, irreplaceable items, personal computer data on hard drives and electronic chargers.

CAL FIRE recommends people keep a flashlight and a pair of shoes next to their bed in case of a midnight emergency.

Wildfire action plans should include where to meet in the event of an unexpected evacuation, where to stay during the evacuation, and special evacuation plans for pets or livestock. CAL FIRE also recommends creating a list of emergency contacts.

Once you’re ready and prepared, it’s time to go – cover yourself with heat and charcoal, cover your nose and mouth, and take your pet with you. Follow the instructions of fire officials who decide which areas to evacuate and evacuate as early as possible.

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