[VISUAL DESCRIPTION: Susan sits in front of a blurred grey background. She is wearing a black sweater with 3/4 sleeves. Susan has shoulder length curly hair and is wearing tortoise cat-eye glasses. Her chest and arm tattoos are visible.
Michelle, sits in front of a blurred light grey background. Michelle has long curly hair light brown, wearing black shirt and dark rim glasses.]
[Slide shows content: (Slide 1) How to Prepare & Evacuate for a Wildfire (Slide 2) Evacuate Preparation Checklist]
Susan & Michelle: Hello!
Susan: Welcome to DCARA’s Wildfire Preparation series. DCARA will have several vlogs focusing on specific topics relating to wildfire preparation. This is the first vlog and offers an introduction to the series.
[Slide shows text: What is Wildfire Preparation?]
Michelle: What is Wildfire Preparation? Maybe you think this question is a bit silly. But keep in mind every year wildfires happen. Wildfires can be triggered by lightning, human accidents, or old and unmaintained power lines. And wildfires move fast. We all can reduce the risks with preparation.
One of the most important preparation tasks is to create an emergency plan. There are many check lists available online.
Make time to meet with your family or roommates and create a plan. Some things to think about when creating a plan include:
[Slide shows image: Emergency to-go bag]
Susan: Put together your emergency to-go bag and keep it easily accessible. Keep it light enough to be able to lift it into your car. Make sure you plan with COVID-19 in mind.
[Slide shows image: Map with red X]
Susan: Decide on an agreed place to meet once evacuated.
[Slide shows image: Smoke alarm]
Michelle: Install dual sensor smoke alarms on each floor of your home, near bedrooms. Don’t forget to test monthly and change batteries yearly.
[Slide shows image: Fire extinguisher]
Susan: Buy and learn how to use a fire extinguisher (ABC type).
[Slide shows image: Handy tools]
Susan: Make sure you have handy tools such as rake, axe, bucket, shovel, and a ladder that reaches the roof.
[Slide shows image: House Infographic]
Susan: Try to clean the outside space around your house. For example-clean roof, gutters, and yards. Clear items that can burn from around the house. If you have a fireplace, get the chimney professionally cleaned.
[Slide shows image: Water hoses]
Michelle: Have a garden hose that is LONG and can reach all around the house as well as any structures. Or have more than one garden hose in different locations.
Susan: What I just listed is just one wildfire preparation checklist available. To find other checklists, think about keywords to use to search online include wildfire preparation, what is wildfire preparation, wildfire preparation checklist.
Michelle: Also look for checklists online on how to prepare for evacuation.
Please check DCARA’s website for more information. DCARA will post additional vlogs including how to pack a go-bag and how to clean the space around your home.