Wildfires

Starkey Wildfire 2016

Starkey Wildfire 2016

Prepare Before:

  • Sign up to Alert Pasco to receive community alert/warnings
  • Know what route to use to evacuate your area. Have a plan for your family and pets.
  • Have a Go-Kit with emergency supplies. Keep in mind each family member’s needs, to include medications, and don’t forget about the needs of your pets
  • Review insurance documents and have important documents in fire proof safe

Survive During:

  • Evacuate as soon as authorities tell you to do so
  • If trapped, call 911 and give your location, but be aware that emergency response could be delayed or impossible. Turn on lights to help rescuers find you.
  • Turn on and listen to your Weather Radio, and/or Alert Pasco notification systems for current emergency information and instructions.
  • If you are not ordered to evacuate but smoky conditions exist, stay inside in a safe location or go to a community building where smoke levels are lower.

Be Safe After:

  • Listen to authorities to find out when it is safe to return, and whether water is safe to drink.
  • Avoid hot ash, charred trees, smoldering debris, and live embers.
  • Send text messages or use social media to reach out to family and friends. Phone systems are often busy following a disaster.
  • Document property damage with photographs. Conduct an inventory and contact your insurance company for assistance.
  • Wildfires dramatically change landscape and ground conditions, which can lead to increased risk of flooding due to heavy rains, flash flooding. Flood risk remains significantly higher until vegetation is restored—up to 5 years after a wildfire. Consider purchasing flood insurance to protect the life you've built and to assure financial protection from future flooding.

The more you know:

More information about wildfires and what you can do to protect yourself and others, can be found at: