What to carry with you if you have to flee a wildfire
Residents in Boulder County are warned to prepare for probable evacuations Thursday after strong winds started several fires.
When the moment comes, here’s what you need know to be prepared.
As recommended by the Denver Office of Emergency Management, prepare a pack that includes the following items:
- Important documents, including social security cards and birth certifications
- At least two to three pairs of clothes, undergarments and socks
- Cell phone, charger and a USB power bank
- Cash in small bills
- Jacket or sweater
- Small blanket
- Hand sanitizer and face coverings
- Water and snacks
The National Weather Service points to these tips for evacuation:
- “Take action immediately. Leave as soon as evacuation is recommended by fire officials to avoid being caught in fire, smoke or road congestion. A delay could cost your life!
- “Take the intitiative to stay informed and aware. Listen to your radio, TV or alerts on your phone for announcements from law enforcement and emergency personnel.”
- “Cover up to protect against heat and flying embers. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, heavy shoes/boots, cap, a face mask, goggles or glasses.”
- “Ensure your emergency supply kit is in your vehicle.”
- “Enact your evacuation plan that includes the route you’ll take and designated emergency meeting location outside the fire or hazard area.”