When an evacuation is anticipated, follow these checklists (if time allows) to give you and your home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.
Monitor local news and radio stations for fire information. In Marin, AM740, 810 and FM 88.5 are good options.
Alert your neighbors, especially if they are have children, or are elderly or disabled.
Gather up combustible items outside the house and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc). Optionally move them at least 30' from any structure, or place in your pool.
Turn off propane tanks.
Move propane BBQ appliances indoors or at least 30’ from structures and close tank valves.
Connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters. Attach squeeze-grip nozzles if you have them.
Fill water buckets and place them around the outside of house, especially near decks and fences.
Don’t leave sprinklers on or water running, they are ineffective and can reduce critical water pressure for the entire neighborhood.
Hosing your roof down is dangerous and ineffective. Clean your gutters and blow leaves away from house instead (only if time allows).
Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters in the smoke or darkness of night.
Back your car into the driveway so it is facing out, with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed.
Unlock and prop open fence and side gates.
Place ladder(s) at the corner(s) of structures for firefighters to quickly access the roof.
Seal attic and ground vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals.
Patrol your property and monitor the fire situation.
Don’t wait for an evacuation order if you feel threatened.
Check on or call neighbors and make sure they are aware and preparing to leave.
Assist elderly or disabled residents.
Carpool to reduce traffic when evacuating!