How to Prepare

Ready:

  

Code Red Sign up go to https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/CA8B57E20D17 put in all your phone numbers and “favorite” their number so it will ring at night. Have a landline phone that works when the power is out (not a cordless phone), make sure cell phone is on at night and ringer on to wake you up during fire season.

  

Defensible Space – clear all flammable materials away from buildings – minimum of 30 feet and 100 feet if you live on a slope (fire burns uphill). 

  

Reflective address signs posted on the road (required by law). Signs can be ordered from the Fire Safe Council ph(530)272-1122 – located at: 143 B Springhill Drive, Grass Valley

FORM LOCAL "NEIGHBORHOOD FIRE PATROL" – 5-8 HOUSE CLUSTERS, HAVE A PHONE TREE LIST OF NEIGHBORS AND A SYSTEM TO ALERT EACH OTHER. We have set up fire patrols for each street (rudd, Starduster, Beitler, etc.) DETERMINE IF NEIGHBORS ARE DISABLED AND HAVE A PRIMARY AND SECONDARY PERSON IDENTIFIED TO HELP THEM GET OUT. PRACTICE EVACUATING TOGETHER.

    

Eliminate ladder fuel branches on tress at least 8 ft from the ground. Green waste can be hauled or burned. Get a burn permit if burning.

  

Use “fire wise” plants near buildings, remove all brush and highly flammable trees (pine) near your home.

  

Driveway clearance at least 10 feet past road shoulder each direction and 15 ft high and turn around at the end. If you don’t have this, a fire truck may not come.

  

Making sure powerlines and transformers do not have fuel under them, etc. 

  

Gutters cleared or do they have a leaf guard on them? remove leaves or any flammable materials from roof.

  

Ember Proofing your house - household vents should have fine mesh (1/8”) to keep out embers. You can buy 1/8” aluminum screen at your local hardware store. Embers can blow in from a fire a mile away!

  

Areas under deck cleared of flammable materials or sealed off

Are wood piles at least 30 ft from house? 

  

Are propane tanks clear of flammable materials, can you shut off the natural gas or propane quickly?

  

 

  

Set: 

  

Assemble “Go Bags” determine what to bring (like: medications, Paperwork – passport, Will, social security cards, insurance policy, etc.  Family photos on thumb drive, video on SD card of belongings made prior for insurance, change of clothes, money, etc.) 

  

Have a family survival kit with water and non-perishable food, first aid, etc. for at least 72 hours.

  

Confirm smoke detectors work

  

Practice opening garage door without electricity

  

Having a flashlight in every bedroom with fresh batteries, that can be found in the dark. 

  

If you have pets, what is your plan, do you have a carrier, leashes, ID tags, etc.? Some Shelters require muzzles for dogs.

  

Or if you have a horse, is there a trailer ready to load them, have you practiced loading your horse. tip: feed your horse in the trailer so they are used to go in it ahead of time.

All cars must have at least half a tank of fuel during fire season.

  

   

Go: 

  

Identify two or three different Evacuation routes as well as Shelter in Place zones (green pastures, large parking lots, golf course or lakes, etc. where you can ride out a fire in your car)

Emergency News - KVMR is our local 24/7 Radio News station FM 89.5 - they may have Updates and work with Yubanet.com 

Communications: Ideally each "fire patrol Neighborhood" will have walkie talkies and a predetermined channel so they can talk with each other and evacuate together.

  

Personal family fire drill, can you go out a window? In a burning house, put hand on door to test if hot, teach to crawl under the smoke if house on fire 

  

Leave garden hoses out, ladders on house, porch light on, etc. for first responders. If you have a well and generator, can a first responder or you use it to defend your house if you shelter in place?

  

Have a relative or friend from out of the area that you designate and your family can all call to check in with. 

Have a family meeting location established ahead of time (Kmart parking lot, local school, hotel, relative's house, etc.)

  

If you choose to defend your home, do you have proper clothing (fire retardant). If you live on a private road (approximately 1,500 miles of private road in Nevada County) are the sides of the road clear of brush? 

  

Do neighbors have gates blocking secondary escape routes, will they allow a trusted neighbor a daisy chained lock and key to the gate so it can be opened? 

  

Have an annual neighborhood fire drill, pack up and evacuate together, call your neighbors on your phone tree, drive your evacuation routes and have alternate options such as: going to Temporary Refuge Zones (shelter in place locations) Like irrigated pastures, lakes, fire hardened buildings, etc. Learn what works and what needs improvement.