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Steps for Getting Prepared

Fire season seems to be lasting longer and longer with each passing year, and for many of us living in rural communities, fire concern is a year round worry. Since 2021, the south county communities, in particular, have experienced several fires, including the Caldor Fire. No one ever thought that size of fire could happen in our community. The "it won't happen to me" mentality caught a lot of people, and continues to catch people off guard, leaving communities destroyed, lives changed forever, and an uncertain path to recovery.


Although we could never be fully prepared for every situation, we can be prepared enough to help ensure our safety during an emergency or disaster. Therefore, we encourage you to push what ever is holding you back from getting prepared, and join us in getting you, your household and our community prepared. One day you may be really grateful you made time to protect all that matters most to you.

Steps to Preparedness

The following Disaster Preparedness Checklists are just a sampling of what participants who attend the WSF Disaster Preparedness workshop receive.  We highly recommend that you attend the workshop to receive all of the 63 practical checklists, forms and handout, as well as the information and knowledge that the experienced speakers have to share.  Since we never know when a disaster will strike, WSF wanted you to at least have these really important checklists to refer to for guidance during an evacuation or disaster planning.  We hope you will join us for a future Disaster Preparedness Workshop to receive the full benefits of the experience.

This checklist explains why having a Point of Contact during an evacuation can save precious time.  Completing the checklist before a disaster will help to get people and animals to safety quicker.

This checklist walks you through the steps to take to safely evacuate your family.  Following these steps can

greatly reduce the stress felt

during an evacuation.

This checklist provides a list of the most important items to put in your Go Bag.  If you have just minutes to evacuate, this may be the only thing you can grab and take with you, so it is important you include in it what is most important.

This checklist provides a list of the clothing and personal care items that need to be packed prior to a disaster for all members of your household.  Try and combine all the items in one tote to save on space in your vehile.

This checklist provides evacuation information for animals and what supplies are needed to safely evacuate them, and care for them in their temporary location.

This checklist helps you to narrow down and prioritize your families most important and valuable belongings to take with you when you evacuate.

This checklist provides a list of tasks that should be done prior to evacuating your home.  Time may not allow you to do them all, so prioritize the ones that increases the chances of your home surviving a wildland fire.

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