Wildfire Evacuation Checklist


  • Attire and Equipment: Wear only cotton or wool clothes ~ Proper attire includes long pants, long sleeved shirt or jacket, and boots ~ Carry gloves, a handkerchief to cover your face, water to drink, and goggles ~ Keep a flashlight and portable radio with you at all times ~ Tune in to a local radio station and listen for instructions
  • Family Members and Pets: If possible, evacuate all family members not essential to preparing the house for wildfire first ~ Make sure to designate a safe meeting place and contact person ~ Relay your plans to the contact person ~ Evacuate pets ~ Contact the local Humane Society for pet assistance if needed
  • Vehicles: Place vehicles in the garage, pointing out with keys in the ignition ~ Roll up the windows ~ Close the garage door, but leave it unlocked ~ If applicable, disconnect the electric garage door opener so that the door can be opened manually
  • Essential Items: Important documents (bank, IRS, trust, investment, insurance policy, birth certificates, medical records) ~ Credit and ATM cards ~ Medications ~ Prescription glasses ~ Driver’s license ~ Passport ~ Computer backup files ~ Inventory of home contents (consider videotaping if there’s time) ~ Photograph the exterior of the house and landscape if there’s time ~ Address book ~ Cell phone and charger ~ Personal toiletries ~ Change of clothing ~ Family photo albums and videos ~ Family heirlooms ~ Place essential items in the car
  • Inside the House: Close all interior doors ~ Leave a light on in each room ~ Remove lightweight, nonfire-resistant curtains and other combustible materials from around windows ~ Close fire-resistant drapes, shutters, and venetian blinds ~ Turn off all pilot lights ~ Move overstuffed furniture, such as couches and easy chairs, to the center of the room
  • Outside the House: Place combustible patio furniture in the house or garage ~ Shut off propane at the tank or natural gas at the meter ~ Close all exterior vents if possible ~ Prop a ladder against the house to provide firefighters with easy access to the roof ~ Make sure that all garden hoses are connected to faucets and attach nozzles set on "spray" ~ Close all exterior doors and windows ~ Leave exterior doors unlocked ~ Turn on outside lights ~ If available and if there’s time, cover windows, attic openings, and vents with plywood that is at least one-half inch thick ~ Wet down wood shake or shingle roofs before leaving ~ Fill trash cans and buckets with water and place where firefighters can find them ~ If you have an emergency water source (pool, pond, etc.) and/or portable pump, clearly mark its availability so it can be seen from the street


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