As the world gets drier and hotter, wildfires have become one of the most realistic events people should prepare for.
Wildfires can start by nature, human negligence, and becoming more and more common every year.
I live in California, where you advised us to prepare from July to September.
Sadly, Climate change is making regions hotter and drier. Nowadays, a single spark cab erupts into a massive blaze.
That means wildfire prepping has never been more crucial.
The last few years have brought us the deadliest wildfires the U.S. has ever seen, and there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon.
While wildfires are fast and unpredictable, often, there is some time to escape if one is coming your way — as long as you have taken the time to prepare. What do you need to know if there is a wildfire threat toward your home?
Understanding the risks of wildfires is extremely important. Depending on the time of year, the location, and other key playing factors.
Whether you own a home or are a current renter, there are various ways to protect your assets.
If you are a homeowner, you might find difficulty finding a company willing to insure it for fire.
Contact your state’s wildfire risk number to find something that better fits your needs.
If your current home does not contain fireproof building materials, you might want to consider retrofitting your property to lower the risk. This could mean re-roofing with flameproof materials, covering vents with metal mesh to prevent cinders from getting pulled into the ventilation system, and taking other steps to make your house fire-resistant.
Be in The Know
Staying informed is your best resource during fire season, especially in places where you can see the smoke from a distance but might not have the best idea of where the fire is.
Stay on top of any updates as they come through your local channels. Emergency services will update you multiple times throughout the day with details like the size of the fire, how much of it is contained, and where it might spread next.
Stock Up on Your Supplies
No matter the situation, you will need supplies. Going to the grocery store won’t be an option until the fire is out and things start to return to normal, so you want to make sure you have everything you need on hand. Backpacks will be the easiest to carry, so buy a few durable ones for each person in your household when it’s time to evacuate.
Store food and water in portable containers like coolers to make these goods easier to transport.
Here are a few items you should consider adding to your list:
* 1 gallon of water per person per day
* Nonperishable Foods
* First-aid supplies
* Pet supplies
* OTC and prescription medicine
* Extra Clothes and Shoes
Ideally, you want to have enough supplies for up to two weeks, but at minimum, you want to have enough supplies to be self-sustaining for at least three days.
Get Ready to RUN
If a fire is coming your way, your only choice is to evacuate or die. It’s that simple. If you have to leave, be ready to run.
Having a loaded truck or trailer with your supplies and the things you can’t stand to lose is a great way to be prepared.
Be sure your trailer is in good shape before fire season starts, keeping it clean and in a clear path for easy and efficient escape. The last thing you need is to lose all your supplies because of a maintenance issue that could be avoided. The same rules apply to your smaller vehicles. Do not leave yourself stranded with an unreliable car. You won’t be able to outrun the fire on foot.
Plan Your Escape
Where would you go if a fire threats your home? What if the wildfire cuts off your main evacuation route? Plan and practice your escape route ahead of time to avoid making dangerous mistakes.
Predicting where the fire might spread can be difficult, and your main course can quickly end up cut off by a rapidly growing wildfire. Leave yourself some alternatives so you can get away safely.
Once you have planned your routes, practice them. Hook up your trailer and drive. Note places where the trees and brush are near the road because if they catch fire, it could create problems for your plan.
Time For You To Go
Although, this should be common sense and often forgotten. If there is an evacuation order or advised to leave, go. Do not wait around to see if the fire might change its path. Throw your family and your pets in the car, hook up your trailer of supplies if you have one, and leave. There is no time to waste precious minutes trying to pack every – little – sentimental item.
Being a Prepper Can Save You
Wildfires are a part of life for people in many parts of the world. Starting to prepare could save your life and makes it easier to rebuild if the worst happens and a fire takes your home.
Remember, regardless of what happens, your house and everything in it is replaceable. Your life and the lives of your loved ones are not.
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