Checklist: Before the Fire Starts

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  • Create a Personal Wildfire Evacuation Plan that includes meeting locations and communication plans and rehearse it regularly. Include the evacuation of large animals such as horses in your plan if applicable.

  • Have fire extinguishers on hand and train your family how to use them.

  • Ensure that your family knows where your gas, electric, and water main shut-off controls are and how to use them.

  • Plan several different escape routes.

  • Designate an emergency meeting location outside the fire hazard area.

  • Appoint an out-of-area friend or relative as a point of contact so you can communicate with family members who have relocated.

  • Maintain a list of emergency contact numbers posted near your phone and in your emergency supply kit.

  • Have a portable radio or scanner so you can stay updated on the fire.

  • Register with Alert San Diego. You can include your cell phone number and/or your email address to receive Reverse 9-1-1 notifications. In an emergency, this system automatically calls and emails registered users with updates and emergency information. Register at

  • Tell your neighbors about Ready, Set, Go! and your Wildfire Action Plan.

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