Are You Prepared?

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Know the Hazards

When wildfires occur, embers or firebrands that are cast into the air can be carried by the wind up to 2 kilometers.  Although radiant heat and direct flame can ignite homes, most of the houses lost in wildfires are ignited by embers that land on combustible structures, debris, or plants.  Because of this, the most important step for protecting your home is to ensure no combustibles are located within the 1.5 meters immediately surrounding the structure. 

For more info on how wildfires spread and the simple steps you can take to protect your home, have a look at the FireSmart Begins at Home Guide or download a PDF version.

To see what wildfires are currently burning in the province, visit the Current Wildfire Map.

Make A Plan

Make sure you have a pre-made emergency plan that you and your family can refer to when wildfire approaches.  The process will also help you to consider things ahead of time so that you can focus on taking action when the time comes.  Start by filling out this personalized Household Emergency Plan from Prepared BC.  You can fill in the blanks with essential information for maintaining contact, keeping track of medical details, and reuniting with loved ones if you're separated during a disaster. Once completed, make sure to place copies in easily accessible locations around your home and vehicle.  Paper copies are available in person at the Nelson Fire Hall.

Build a Kit

In the event of a wildfire or evacuation notice, you may need to leave your home with little warning.  A grab-and-go kit will allow you to get out quickly without forgetting any essential items.  Some items to include are listed below:

  • Food (ready to eat) and water
  • Phone charger and battery bank
  • Small battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Small first-aid kit and personal medications
  • Personal toiletries and items, such as an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses
  • Copy of your emergency plan
  • Copies of important documents, such as insurance papers and identification
  • Cash in small bills
  • Local map with your family meeting place identified
  • Seasonal clothing and an emergency blanket
  • Pen and notepad
  • Whistle

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