Every year, California experiences a variety of disasters, including major wildfires. Even during the cooler fall and winter months, continued dry and available fuels increase wildfire risk and it’s more important than ever to be prepared year-round. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) wants to highlight the importance of preparing for wildfire anytime of the year, no matter where in California you live.
BEFORE A WILDFIRE
An emergency like a wildfire can cause a lot of stress, especially if you need to leave your home quickly. Taking steps now can help reduce stress in the future.
- Sign up for local alerts at CalAlerts.org
- Make a plan
- Talk with family and neighbors about what you’ll do if there’s a wildfire in your area
- Know where you’ll meet up with family members once you’re outside the danger zone
- Pack a go bag with essential items for you, your family members and don’t forget about your pets!
- Food and water
- Important documents
- Phone charger
- Pet supplies
- Learn multiple evacuation routes out of your neighborhood incase roads get clogged
- Help friends and neighbors who might need additional help during an emergency
DURING A WILDFIRE
Conditions can change rapidly during a wildfire and there are important steps to take to ensure the safety of yourself and your family.
- Listen to local authorities
- Know the difference between an evacuation warning and evacuation order
- When told to evacuate, don’t wait!