Wildfires in MarinMarin has a long history of destructive wildfires, burning hundreds of homes and tens of thousands of acres. Preparing for wildfires requires personal responsibility for families, neighbors, and property. Read the Full Story
1READY: Before the fire
2SET: When a fire starts
3GO: Evacuate Early
SPACEGives Firefighters a Fighting Chance
100 Feet Total
30 Feet "Clean and Green"
70 Feet Reduced Fuels
If you live in the Wildland Urban Interface, you must provide firefighters with defensible space to protect your home. By removing weeds, brush and other vegetation, you
As a wildfire approaches, it is important that you get set. Prepare yourself and your home for the possibility of having to evacuate. This means going through a checklist of items you will need to take when evacuating and preparing to implement your Family Disaster Plan.
What is a Family Disaster Plan?
Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
Ensure family communications with cell phones, pre-defined out of town contacts, and text messaging (more likely to work when networks are overloaded).
This is the simplest step. Go… Evacuate early, before the fire arrives. By leaving early, you give your family the best chance of surviving a wildfire, while helping firefighters by keeping roads clear of congestion, enabling them to move more freely and do their job.
What can I do to ensure a safe evacuation?
Evacuate promptly when requested!
All evacuation instructions provided by officials should be followed immediately for your safety.
Before the fire arrives, prepare an Evacuation Checklist and Organize:
Do not wait for evacuation orders if you feel you are threatened by fire!
Do not return until you've been advised it is safe by fire officials.
Monday, 18 October 2010 18:31
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 05:11
Written by Administrator
Evacuations save lives and allow responding personnel to focus on the emergency at hand. Please evacuate promptly when requested! Your life is at stake!
California law authorizes officers to restrict access to any area where a menace to public health or safety exists due to a calamity such as flood, storm, fire, earthquake, explosion, accident or other disaster. Refusal to comply is a misdemeanor. (Penal Code 409.5)
The terms Voluntary and Mandatory are used to describe evacuation orders. However, local jurisdictions may use other terminology such as Precautionary and Immediate Threat. These terms are used to alert you to the significance of the danger. All evacuation instructions provided by officials should be followed immediately for your safety.
Long Before a Fire Threatens
Prepare an Evacuation Checklist and Organize:
Important personal papers, photos.
Pet and livestock transport, limited amount of pet food.
Change of clothing, toiletries.
Critical papers and effects in a fire-proof safe.
An Evacuation Route Map with at least two routes.*
Drive your planned route of escape before an actual emergency.*
*During an evacuation, law enforcement/ emergency personnel may determine your route.
If Evacuation is a Possibility
Locate your Evacuation Checklist and place the items in your vehicle.
Park your vehicle facing outward and carry your car keys with you.
Locate your pets and keep them nearby.
Prepare farm animals for transport.
Place connected garden hoses and buckets full of water around the house.
Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures.
Cover-up. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, heavy shoes/boots, cap, dry ▪▪ bandanna for face cover, goggles or glasses. 100% cotton is preferable.
Leave lights on in the house - door unlocked.
Leave windows closed - air conditioning off.
The Evacuation Process
Officials will determine the areas to be evacuated and the routes to use depending upon the fire’s location, behavior, winds, terrain, etc. Law enforcement agencies are typically responsible for enforcing an evacuation order. Follow their directions promptly.
You will be advised of potential evacuations as early as possible. You must take the initiative to stay informed and aware. Listen to your radio/TV for announcements from law enforcement and emergency personnel.
You may be directed to temporary assembly areas to await transfer to a safe location.
If You Become Trapped
While in your vehicle:
Park your vehicle in an area clear of vegetation.
Close all vehicle windows and vents.
Cover yourself with wool blanket or jacket.
Lie on vehicle floor.
Use your cell phone to advise officials – Call 911.
While on foot:
Go to an area clear of vegetation, a ditch or depression if possible
Lie face down, cover up
Use your cell phone to advise officials - Call 911
While in your home:
Stay calm, keep your family together
Call 911 and inform authorities of your location
Fill sinks and tubs with cold water
Keep doors and windows closed, but unlocked
Stay inside your house
Stay away from outside walls and windows
* Note – it will get hot in the house, but it is much hotter, and more dangerous outside.
After the fire passes, and if it is safe, check the following areas for fire:
The roof and house exterior
Under decks and inside your attic
Your yard for burning trees, woodpiles, etc
Fire officials will determine when it is safe for you to return to your home. This will be done as soon as possible considering safety and accessibility.
When you return home:
Be alert for downed power lines and other hazards
Check propane tanks, regulators, and lines before turning gas on
Check your residence carefully for hidden embers or smoldering fires
Fire Chief Testimonial
Ready Set Go is a simple program that reinforces key points vital to survival in Marin's hillside communities during fire season. I believe this program can and will save lives.
- Paul Smith, Jr., Fire Chief. Kentfield Fire Protection District.
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