May is Wildfire Awareness Month, Get Prepared!
Join Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN) and partners to recognize Wildfire Awareness month. Living in Douglas County means we are very aware of the devastation that wildfires can create for our families, our homes and our community. The month of May gives us an opportunity to look at how prepared we are and what we can do to prevent the consequences of wildfire smoke and blazes. Begin with preparation, sign up for air quality and emergency alerts with the Douglas County Sheriffs Office. Then review how protected your home is, there are many great resources on how to be come Firewise and what to do to build a defensible space around your home on our DPHN website. Preparation activities can make the difference between your home making it through a wildfire. Also be prepared by making sure you have an evacuation plan. Many wildfire injuries happen because people end up being trapped or do not have a clear evacuation plan. Have supplies stored in case you run out of water, food or if utilities like electricity and cell service or internet services are cut. Include a GO bag to take vital supplies like medication and documents with you at a moments notice. Preparation can make all the difference in reducing injury, loss and death.
Before a Wildfire (Prevention & Preparation)
- Wildfire Ready, Set, GO action Guide
- How to Prepare your home for Wildfire-NFPA
- Wildfire Preparedness for Farmers & Ranchers
- FEMA Ready.Gov How to Prepare for a Wildfire
- How to be Firewise
- Wildfire Home Assessment & Checklist Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
- Plan, Know, Act site
Local Partners & Information
Knowing where to get important information before, during and after a Wildfire is important.