Have an escape plan just in case fire forces an evacuation
RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - It is perhaps the last thing anyone wants to see in a neighborhood. Law enforcement heading to your house telling you have minutes to evacuate.
That’s exactly what happened Wednesday afternoon in several neighborhoods off Jacks Valley Road.
And if this is like most neighborhood threatened by wildfire?
Have residents pre-planned?
“I would say it is pretty rare,” says Tray Palmer, Reno Fire Marshall. “When we arrive on a scene that is immediate. Most people and an emergency go bag. It is kind of a. “oh my gosh I have to get out of here,” he says.
Palmer says a life is more important than stuff.
So, think about what can sustain someone over a 72-hour period. And place it in a durable travel bag, more if needed.
That would include clothing, food water, dog or cat food. Prescriptions, which should include eyeglasses. A cell phone, with a charger. Next to that important papers like birth certificate, passport, insurance papers.
For babies, diapers and formula.
All should be stored together in one place where light isn’t needed to locate the items.
That’s because electricity could be cut off.
Can an escape plan work if an electric garage door won’t work?
“The power is out,” says Palmer. “A lot of people don’t know how to open a garage door that is on a power system. So, it is easy. Just know where that red rope is, pull release the door, and manually close the door,” he says.
If there is time Palmer says close all doors and windows, and if the house has a backyard, leave the gate open so firefighters can gain entry to the property if need be.
Finally, he says, push all the furniture away from the window, into the center of the room.
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