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

Coping Emotionally after a Wildfire

Article Written by:
Janean Creighton, Oregon State University Extension, Corvallis, OR



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Coping with the aftermath of any disaster can take an emotional toll on those who experience it. Understanding the events of a disaster and recognizing disaster-related stress is the first step towards coping and recovery. Both the Red Cross and FEMA provide Web sites with advice and suggestions for recovering emotionally after a wildfire. Here are some ways to ease disaster-related stress:

  • Talk with someone about your feelings –