Fire preparedness starts with an escape plan and go-bags for family and pets

 Fire preparedness starts with an escape plan and go-bags for family and pets

There’s no guarantee that you’ll get a warning before you have to evacuate because of a fire or other life-threatening emergency. Take the time now to prepare, which can simply be that everyone in your household knows where they will go if told to flee and what they will take with them.

Emergency preparedness experts suggest, at minimum, three actions you need to do now to improve your family’s safety during and after a disaster: Sign up to be informed of an oncoming hazard, and have an escape plan and a bag ready with essentials.

To help you prepare, the American Red Cross’ interactive map of common disasters across the U.S. lets you see which emergencies may strike your area.

Enroll in Public Alerts, Citizen Alert or a service in your county to be notified via text, call or email by emergency response agencies when you need to take action such as shelter-in-place or evacuate.

The National Weather Service website posts information about local wind speed and direction, which may inform your fire evacuation route. Follow the instructions of local officials.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radar live app offers real-time radar images and severe weather alerts.

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