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Scene of a wildfire burning behind hills and trees approaching homes on the side of a hill. Be smart. Take part. Prepare.

Before a wildfire strikes your area:

  • Know your sources of information
  • Prepare your home and workplace
  • Develop an emergency communications plan
  • Know what to do when a wildfire approaches

For more detailed information, download How to Prepare for a Wildfire, a hazard-specific guide, which provides information on the basics of each hazard, how to protect yourself and your property, and what steps to take now.

As more and more people make their homes in woodland settings, homeowners face the increasing danger of wildfire. Usually, lightning or an accident can trigger these events and often they begin unnoticed. Fires spread quickly igniting brush, trees, and homes. Homes that survive almost always do so because the homeowners were prepared. Before a wildfire strikes your area, be prepared to evacuate threatened areas on short notice; reduce sources of fuel near your property by ensuring it is well irrigated and free of highly flammable vegetation and landscaping; and review your homeowners or renters insurance policy.

For more information on protecting yourself, your property and your belongings from natural hazards, the America's PrepareAthon! Protective Guidance documents can assist. The Be Smart-Know Your Alerts and Warnings factsheet provides a brief summary of the various alerts and warnings available from Federal, state, and local governments as well as the private sector that you can sign up for to stay informed and be ready to take action to be safe. The Be Smart – Protect Critical Documents and Valuables is a checklist that can help you to take an inventory of your household documents (e.g., financial and medical records), contacts, and valuables. You can find both of these resources, as well as additional Protective Guidance documents, here.

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