Act Early

During this portion of the Ready, Set, Go! program, local officials have told you to evacuate your property. Leaving early gives you and your family members the best chance of surviving a WUI fire. You also help firefighters by keeping roads clear of congestion, enabling them to move more freely and do their job in a safer environment.

When to leave:

Do not wait to be advised to leave if there is a possible threat to your home or evacuation route. Leave early enough to avoid being caught in fire, smoke, or road congestion. If you are advised to leave by local authorities, do not hesitate!

Where to go:

Go to a predetermined low-risk area, such as a relative's house, a Red Cross shelter or evacuation center, motel, etc.

How to get there:

Have several travel routes in case on route is blocked by the fire or emergency vehicles. Choose the safest route away from the fire.

What to take:

Take your Go Kit containing your household members' and pets' necessary items. Remember the eight P's!

  • People and pets
  • Prescriptions and medications (for your pets, too!)
  • Passports and IDs
  • Papers (important documents)
  • Personal devices (phones and chargers)
  • PC's
  • Plastics (debit and credit cards)
  • Pictures and photo albums

To learn more about this part of the Ready, Set, Go! program, download this Wildland Fire Action Guide.