Wildfires Are Not Seasonal

Before a Wildfire

  • Sign up for text or email emergency notifications for your town, city, or county.
  • Create a home inventory. Having a complete record of property expedites the claims process and helps ensure that you are reimbursed for your belongings. This can easily be done with a smartphone or video camera.
  • Review your home insurance policy annually to make sure your coverage needs haven’t changed.
  • Keep your insurance policy and other critical papers in a waterproof and portable container, so you can quickly grab them on the go.
  • Keep emergency supplies and a change of clothes in your car.
  • Plan an evacuation route and destination beforehand.
  • If you see smoke and have not heard a warning announced, contact authorities.

Fire Weather Watch

A fire weather watch indicates that wildfire conditions are possible over the next 12 to 72 hours. If the National Weather Service issues a fire weather watch, here are some steps to take:

  • Listen to your radio/TV to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Evacuate immediately if ordered to do so.
  • If time allows, move wood piles, leaves and anything that will burn easily at least 30 feet away from your home.
  • If time allows, clear your home’s roof and gutters of debris.

After a Wildfire

  • Return to your home only when authorities say it’s safe to do so. Wear a dust mask.
  • Check your home for hidden embers. Evacuate immediately if you smell smoke.
  • Take photographs of the damage.
  • Discard any food or water contaminated or exposed to heat, smoke, or soot.
  • Contact your homeowners insurance company as soon as you are able to do so.
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