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Critical Wildfire Preparedness Tips

Wildfire-PreparednessEditor's Note: Watch for a detailed Online Course from Paul Purcell on wildfires soon. In the meantime, be sure to read the article on wildfires in the Summer 2013 issue of Living Ready.

With the worst wildfires in the history of Colorado charring the Centennial State, many are on the hunt for solid wildfire preparedness tips should the worst happen in their area.  Living Ready tapped Paul Purcell, author of Disaster Prep 101, for these wildfire preparedness tips from his renowned book.


Wildfire Preparedness Tips: Bugging Out

Let's discuss a a few considerations to keep in mind if a fire is outside your home and threatening your property. We'll use the scenario of an approaching wildfire with several hours notice.

Do things in this order:

  1. Prep the family to evacuate
  2. Set up any water pumping and spray gear you might have
  3. Shut down and seal the house
  4. Perform any last minute protective landscaping
  5. Load any valuables or heirlooms that will fit in your vehicles
  6. Protect valuables and heirlooms that have to be left behind
  7. Evacuate

Note: These steps are all time sensitive. Any fire in your area should be monitored so you'll know exactly how much time you have. Anything less than two hours, perform only numbers 1 and 7.

Use the acronym W.I.L.D. to remember what to do in advance of a wildfire.

Wildfire Preparedness Tips: Detailed Preps

Whatever you do, do things in advance of the fire to protect your home and do not stick around to fight a wildfire. Small grass fires, maybe, but not a full wildfire or forest fire.

Your Wildfire Preparedness Ideas

Wildfire preparedness certainly doesn't end with this list. For example, this free wildfire app from the Red Cross issues real-time alerts to your mobile device.

If you live in wildfire territory, what are some of the preps you do to be ready?


Outstanding Gear and Resources

Special Forces Survival Guide

Survival Straps Survival Bracelet

SAS Survival Handbook

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