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Date:8/31/2009

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  • Confine pets to one room and make plans to care for them in case of an evacuation order. Arrange temporary housing at a friend or relative's home outside the threatened area.
  • If evacuating, wear sturdy shoes, cotton or woolen clothing, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and a handkerchief to protect your face.
  • Take a Disaster Supplies Kit with you.
  • Lock the house when leaving.
  • Tell someone your time of departure and destination.
  • Choose a route away from the fires and watch for changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.
  • Take prescription and emergency medication, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents and other comfort items with you. Don't forget special items for children and infants such as diapers, formula, and toys. Remember special items for family members who are elderly or disabled.
  • If there is enough time:

    • Close windows, vents, doors, blinds and heavy drapes. Remove lightweight curtains.
    • Shut off gas at the meter and turn off pilot lights.
    • Open the fireplace damper and close fireplace screens.
    • Move flammable furniture into the center of the home, away from windows and sliding-glass doors.
    • Turn a light on in each room to make the home more visible in heavy smoke.
    • Seal attic and ground vents outside the home.
    • Turn off propane tanks.
    • Place combustible patio furniture inside.
    • Connect the garden hose to outside spigots.
    • Wet or remove shrubs within 15 feet of the home.
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