It’s Especially Important to be Prepared for a Possible Wildfire During Hot, Dry Conditions
Hot temperatures and dry conditions = high fire danger. It is important to have a plan to protect yourself and your loved ones before disaster strikes. Here are some steps you can take to prepare your family, home and property in the event of a wildfire.
Thank you to the City of Boulder for this list of what to do to be prepared:
- Prepare you home and property to survive a wildfire. Visit keep your home safe to learn more.
- Sign up for emergency notifications at boco911alert.com to receive messages about imminent threats and hazards by text message, email, and/or on your cell, home or work phone. If you haven’t registered, you will not receive vital emergency notifications!
- Create a family disaster plan. Be sure to include your pets in your plan.
- Check with your insurance agent to be sure your home is properly insured for damage sustained by a wildfire.
- Designate evacuations routes that lead to a safe meeting spot.
- Create a “go bag.” Please see the Wildland Fire Preparedness Guide for a suggested list of items to include in your go-bag. It is recommended to scan and save important documents and photos on a removable hard drive.
- Do not wait to be told to evacuate. Be proactive by initiating your family disaster plan early
- Monitor boulderoem.org for updates
- Here is a list of “If time allows” preparedness measures:
- Close windows and doors
- Move combustible items (patio furniture, grill, firewood) to center of lawn
- Leave exterior lights on
- Leave sprinklers, garden hoses, and ladders in plain view
- Alert family and neighbors
- Leave a note on your front door with contact information
- When to leave: Do not wait to be advised to leave. If advised to leave, follow your action plan and do so quickly.
- Where to go: To the location pre-determined in your family disaster Plan or Ready, Set, Go Action Plan
- What to take: Bring your “go bag”
- Stay aware of the situation and follow your plan. Boulderoem.org is a good source for emergency information.
The full article can be found at https://bouldercolorado.gov/newsroom/steps-to-prepare-your-family-and-home-in-the-event-of-a-wildfire