How to prepare for a wildfire in California

Tips for navigating a wildfire evacuation
Posted at 1:45 PM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 16:45:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Wildfire season is here and county officials want to make sure San Diegans are prepared.

As summer heats up and brush dries out, Cal Fire is urging everyone to create a wildfire action plan.

According to the agency, the plan should be familiar to all members of your household well in advance of a fire. This includes making an emergency supply kit and creating an evacuation plan.

If you’re unsure how to start preparing a wildfire action plan, Cal Fire has some tips.

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. Practice these often so everyone in your family is familiar in case of emergency.
· Have an evacuation plan for pets and large animals such as horses and other livestock.
· A Family 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. (It is easier to call or message one person and let them contact others than to try and call everyone when phone, cell, and internet systems can be overloaded or limited during a disaster.)

Be Prepared:
· Have fire extinguishers on hand and train your family 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. (See next section for details.)
· Maintain a list of emergency contact numbers posted near your phone and in your emergency supply kit.
· Keep an extra Emergency Supply Kit in your car in case you cannot get to your home because of fire or other emergency.
· Have a portable radio or scanner so you can stay updated on the fire.
· Tell your neighbors about Ready, Set, Go! and your Wildfire Action Plan.

Cal Fire also offers tips on what to include in an emergency kit.

· Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person.
· Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
· Prescriptions or special medications
· Change of clothing
· Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
· An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks
· First aid kit
· Flashlight
· Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
· Sanitation supplies
· Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
· Don’t forget pet food and water!

Items to take if time allows:
· Easily carried valuables
· Family photos and other irreplaceable items
· Personal computer information on hard drives and disks
· Chargers for cell phones, laptops, etc.