Wildfire moves fast. Be prepared to leave when told by officials or as soon as you feel threatened by the approaching fire. Make sure each vehicle has plenty of gas and is parked facing toward the exit road. Know where the keys are. Fire can move as rapidly as the wind blows. So be sure to leave while it is still safe. Resist the temptation to stay behind in order to try and save your home with a garden hose. You might be endangering the lives of emergency personnel, as well as your own. No house or anything in it is more valuable than a human life. (Source)
Officials: Your local fire department is the official response agency for your area, however emergency management and local government may issue the evacuation orders for your region. Stay tuned to local, county and state officials.
Alerts: sign up for mobile alerts from your local emergency management office for your local area, stay tuned to radio and tv if you live in high risk areas. In the USA major fires are listed at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Wildfire and Brushfire incident management will vary by country.
What can you do to help? Volunteer to help monitor emerging events for your region. Volunteer to be a grouptweeter for wildfire events.
Monitoring Wildfire Events
Ready Set Go Below: Watch this great 8 min video from @SBCityFire with tips on how how to create defensible space around your home. This will help you prepare your home, yourself, and your family so that you can leave well ahead of a fast-approaching wildfire.
Ready Set Go – English
Ready Set Go – Spanish
Wildfire [PDF] guides via American Red Cross
- Wild Fire Safety Checklist
- Wild Fire Safety Checklist – Arabic
- Wild Fire Safety Checklist – Chinese
- Wild Fire Safety Checklist – French
- Wild Fire Safety Checklist – Haitian
- Wild Fire Safety Checklist – Korean
- Wild Fire Safety Checklist – Spanish
- Wild Fire Safety Checklist – Tagalog
- Wild Fire Safety Checklist – Vietnamese
Top Pick for Wildfire Preparedness
Living with Wildfire – a guide for the homeowner – presented by Burn Institute. This 16 page guide is filled with valuable information that every homeowner should know if you live in an area prone to wildfire