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.
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
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