Making Evacuation Less Stressful

Article Written by:
Glenn Nader, University of California Cooperative Extension, Yuba City, CA


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Making Evacuation Less Stressful

Pre-fire planning and taking action ahead of time, including making a list of what to do and what to take with you, is the best way to reduce the potential stress of an evacuation.

Some pre-fire evacuation tasks include:

  • taking a home inventory;
  • developing and discussing a disaster response plan with your household that identifies planned actions, such as:
    • evacuation routes,
    • emergency meeting locations, and
    • communication plans;
  • establishing a meeting place for family members;
  • arranging for shelter for your pets; and
  • gathering important documents in one place.

The time you will need to evacuate depends on how well you have prepared before the fire. The more you have pre-planned for it, the quicker you will be.

For more information, check these Web pages from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Evacuation Tips for You and Your Family and Wildfire