2015 another severe fire season

By mid-October 2016, ODF's net expenditures on large wildfires stood at $13.2 million. The lack of dry lightning played a significant role in the moderate firefighting costs this season. In 2015, large-fire costs totaled $29.6 million.


Friday, July 31, 2015

Ready, Set, Go explained

When a wildfire potentially threatens a community, emergency services agencies may announce "Ready, Set, Go." This slogan refers to three levels of evacuation.

Be Ready: Level 1

Evacuation Plan
  • Make a plan, and be sure everyone in your family understands it.
  • Assign tasks to each family member for what to do during Level 1 (Ready), Level 2 (Set) and Level 3
  • (GO!) evacuations.
  • Have an evacuation plan for your pets and livestock. If it isn’t safe for you, its not safe for them.
  • Designate a meeting place – this could be a friend or family member’s house, or an evacuation shelter.
  • Choose an out-of-the-area contact person to relay information about your welfare to family and friends and to keep your phone lines open.
House Preparation
  • Make sure house numbers are visible from the street.
  • Make sure driveways are wide enough for emergency vehicles to enter (10-12 feet wide).
  • Prepare your defensible space.
  • Emergency Kits - Keep them ready at all times in your home and vehicle.
  • Include supplies for you and everyone who lives in your home or visits regularly.
  • Include supplies for your pets.
  • Include copies of important documents, phone contact lists, family photos, household inventory lists, and any portable valuables.
  • Keep your vehicles filled with gas.

Be Set: Level 2

  • Keep pets and livestock ready to go in case you need to evacuate in a hurry.
  • Be sure to have your photo ID or something showing your current address in case you need to access an evacuated area.
  • Monitor local television and radio stations for updates.
  • Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures (during wildfires).

Go!: Level 3

  • Leave house lights on and windows closed.
  • Let your emergency contact and/or family members know where you are going.
 
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