WILDFIRE READY: EVACUATION PLAN

WILDFIRE READY: EVACUATION PLAN

Overstrand Municipality

WILDFIRE READY: EVACUATION PLAN

You should never wait and see what happens during a wildfire. When an evacuation is anticipated, follow this checklist to give you and your home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.

Prepare and evacuate early.

 
OUTSIDE

 • Make sure your car is facing the exit route and your car windows are closed to avoid embers entering.
 • Stay updated on fire information so you will know if the fire has come closer to you.
 • Gather up flammable items from the exterior of the structure and bring inside or place them in your pool.
 • Turn off the gas supply. Designate a safe place to store gas bottles, where they will not be exposed to radiant heat. A pool is a safe place.
 • Wet down any area of the home that can ignite easily, e.g. wooden decks, plants, roofing etc.
 • If time permits, block the down pipes and fill the gutters with water.
 • Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible in the smoke or dark.
 • Seal all attic and roof spaces to stop embers gaining access.
 • Seal gaps in doors and windows with non-flammable material.

 
INSIDE

 • Make sure you have your ID books, passports, birth certificates and any other important documents packed safely ready to go with you.
 • Pack a WildfireReady Emergency Kit to take with you.
 • Shut all windows and doors. Take down window shades or curtains as these can ignite from radiant heat.
 • Move flammable furniture to the centre of the room, away from windows and doors.
 • Shut off any gas to appliances.
 • Turn off any air conditioning.

 
ANIMALS

 • Locate your pets and any carry boxes, keep them nearby and ready to go.
 • Prepare farm animals for transport and think about moving them to a safe location early.

Are you #WildfireReady?

WILDFIRE READY: EVACUATION PLAN

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