As Northern California battles record-breaking fires, it’s important to have a plan in place in the event we experience a fire here. Forecasted dry lightning Sunday evening and into Monday may result in additional fires which, coupled with wind, could present a danger to people and property.
CalFire suggests preparing in the following ways:
Also, don’t forget the 6 P’s of Evacuation:
- People and Pets
- Papers, phone numbers and Important Documents
- Prescriptions, Vitamins, and Eyeglasses
- Pictures and Irreplaceable Memorabilia
- Personal Computers (information on hard drive & disks)
- Plastic (credit cards, ATM cards, & cash
If possible, prepare a go bag and leave it near your door or garage so you can evacuate at a moment’s notice if necessary.
In addition to preparing for a wildfire, keep in mind the air quality in the Bay Area has reached unhealthy levels in most places. For your safety, consider staying indoors with the windows closed as much as possible. If needing to spend time outdoors, wear an N95 mask.
Pets are also at risk. Here are some tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association via The Mercury News on keeping pets safe and healthy:
- Limit the amount of time pets spend outdoors, especially if they already suffer from respiratory problems or have shorter snouts.
- Keep pets indoors as much as possible, and keep your windows shut.
- Pet birds are particularly susceptible to bad air and should not be allowed outside when smoke or particulate matter are high, and most Bay Area cities are seeing dangerous levels of air pollution.
- Let dogs and cats outside only for brief bathroom breaks if air quality alerts are in effect. If you have outdoor cats, bring them inside.
- Avoid intense outdoor exercise during periods of poor air quality. Exercise can wait until the air clears.