Make a list of your 5P’s: People, Pets, Pills, Photos and important Papers.Shut off natural gas and propane.Place metal (not wooden) ladders against the side of your house.If time permits, remove combustibles (patio furniture, firewood, etc.) within 30 feet of your home.If you have sprinklers (with adequate water supply), place them around your home, connected and ready to be turned on.Put on any protective clothing and gear you are not already wearing.Close windows and doors to the house to prevent sparks and embers from blowing inside. Close all doors inside the house to prevent draft.Take down your drapes and curtains and close all blinds to deflect heat.Leave exterior and interior lights on to offer visibility to responders.Fill all bathtubs, sinks and other containers with water to deflect heat.
Take a deep breath and remember your plan. Lives always take priority over property.Face your car toward the street and close all windows. Keep the keys handy.Load your 5P’s into the car.Wear protective clothing made of natural fabrics such as heavy denim, cotton, and pure wool to shield you from heat, embers and flames. Wear sturdy shoes, a long-sleeved shirt tucked into pants, hat, and a handkerchief. Have thick canvas or leather gloves, and light-colored goggles on ready.As you leave, post a visible form of notification that identifies that you have evacuated. Hang a white cloth at the end of your driveway. If you have time, write “evacuated” on it.
Tune in to the local news radio station and listen for instructions.Obey orders of law enforcement and fire department officials.Follow the emergency instructions regarding evacuation routes. Your normal route may not be the safest.Drive with your headlights on for visibility and safety.Do not block access to roadways for emergency vehicles or other evacuees.Do not abandon vehicles on the roadway.Do not stop to let pets have a break.Drive calmly, obey the rules of the road and pay special attention to fire trucks.