Too Close To Home - Pre-Evacuation Checklist - Prepare Your Home Before You Leave It Beh

With the recent scare that ran through many So Cal citys and the total devastation that is continuing up North , I wanted to post something online that could be useful for all of us.  Prior to any of this happening , I had the attitude that Id be in control and if anything like this ever happens it wouldn't be a issue to evacuate or that everything would be a piece of cake.....

Boy was I wrong.....I never put any thought into any preparation , and when the call came thru to evacuate , I found myself in a state of panic , un prepared, and overall running around in circles..

I search the web, found this great little article with pointers and wanted to share this, please take a moment to read this, it will save you time , and most of all your sanity......

PRE-EVACUATION PREPARATION STEPS

When an evacuation is anticipated, follow these checklists (if time allows) to give your home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.

Home Evacuation Checklist – How to Prepare for Evacuation:
Inside the House

  • Shut all windows and doors, leaving them unlocked.
  • Remove flammable window shades, curtains and close metal shutters.
  • Remove lightweight curtains.
  • Move flammable furniture to the center of the room, away from windows and doors.
  • Shut off gas at the meter; turn off pilot lights.
  • Leave your lights on so firefighters can see your house under smoky conditions.
  • Shut off the air conditioning.

Outside

  • Gather up flammable items from the exterior of the house and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.) or place them in your pool.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures.
  • Connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters. Fill water buckets and place them around the house.
  • Don’t leave sprinklers on or water running, they can affect critical water pressure.
  • Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters in the smoke or darkness of night.
  • Put your Emergency Supply Kit in your vehicle.
  • Back your car into the driveway with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed. Carry your car keys with you.
  • Have a ladder available and place it at the corner of the house for firefighters to quickly access your roof.
  • Seal attic and ground vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals.
  • Patrol your property and monitor the fire situation. Don’t wait for an evacuation order if you feel threatened.
  • Check on neighbors and make sure they are preparing to leave.

Animals

  • Locate your pets and keep them nearby.
  • Prepare farm animals for transport and think about moving them to a safe location early.

Heres a link to the original article below

http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Pre-Evacuation-Preparation/