Some steps you might want to be aware of
It's useful to have an evacuation plan and discuss it with your family. Think about making a go bag containing
necessities (food, medication, at least 1 gallon of water per person per day), this should be light enough to
be easily carried by a single person.
Tune into NOAA Weather Radio (NWR), they broadcast official warnings and other hazards 24/7 and pay attention
to the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) that are sent to your phone.
Defending your home
FEMA advises dividing your property into 3 Zones in the form of concentric circles
expanding outward from your home.
Zone 1 - extends 30 feet from you home
- Remove combustibles from the vicinity - firewood, lawn furniture
(umbrellas), dead vegetation, shrubs.
- Clean your roof, and gutters, remove as much debris as possible.
- Propane tanks and anything that uses one should be moved out of Zone
1 and into Zone 2.
Zone 2 - extends 100 feet away from your home/any outcroppings like decks/patios
- Cut your grass down to a maximum height of 4 inches.
- Remove fallen leaves, needles, twigs, bark, cones, and small
- Use features such as gravel pits, driveways, and stone patios to
create firebreaks to stop or slow the
spread of fire.
Zone 3 - extends up to 200 feet from your home
- Reduce potential fuel sources by thinning and pruning vegetation.