With Mandatory evacuations yesterday near Bondurant, fire officials are reminding people to be prepared.
If you are in or near a potential evacuation area, please become familiar with the Ready-Set-Go! guidelines
Ready – Be ready, be Firewise. Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildland fire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place. Plan escape routes and make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action.
- Set – Situational awareness. Pack your emergency items. Stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media, your local fire department and public safety.
- Go – Act early! Follow your personal wildland fire action plan. Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.
To prepare for a potential evacuation, it may help to remember the Six Ps (courtesy of this Go-Evacuation-Guide):
- People and pets
- Papers, phone numbers, important documents
- Prescriptions, vitamins, eyeglasses
- Pictures, irreplaceable memorabilia
- Personal computer hard drive, disks
- “Plastic” (credit cards, ATM cards) and cash