How to prepare for a wildfire
A wildfire can strike and spread with alarming speed. All it takes is a dry climate, vegetation, and a spark. In seconds, roaring flames erupt. The Salvation Army wants to be sure you are prepared before, during an after a wildfire.
- Know the term "fire weather watch." It means dangerous fire conditions are possible in 12 to 72 hours.
- Keep the roof and gutters of your home clean.
- Maintain a 30-foot area around your home free of wood piles, dry leaves, or other items that burn.
- Make sure your car is fueled and equipped with emergency supplies and a change of clothes. To learn what to put in an emergency kit, click here.
- Evacuate immediately if instructed, and be aware of evacuation routes.
- Return home only when local authorities okay it.
- Use caution in burned areas. Hot spots can flare up without warning.
- Stay alert after fire, checking periodically for sparks and smoke.
- Contact your local Salvation Army after any disaster if you need help.
To learn more about The Salvation Army's hand in aiding disaster survivors, visit our webpage.