The South African Weather Services (SAWS) issued a weather warning for the Overstrand area for Thursday 11 August 2022.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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?