A national program called “Ready, Set, Go” provides a tool for homeowners to get prepared. With temperatures heating up this holiday weekend, both firefighters and residents need to be on heightened alert for the threat of fast moving wildfires. Being “Ready” includes clearing away combustible materials from your home. Being “Set” includes having a go bag ready with clothes, important documents, and emergency supplies. If you have pets it should include pet food, and carriers ready to go. “Go” means you won’t pause when official word comes to evacuate. Wherever you live in Alaska, check for and sign up for your local emergency alert system.
Police, fire or officials from Emergency Management often post updates during fast moving wildfire on social media channels or on the radio. House to house notifications are sometimes made when public safety is threatened due to wildfire. Getting a text, Nixle or call directly to your phone is often the fastest way to receive critical information about wildfires in your area. Rural areas of Alaska often have processes in place to mitigate the lack of cell coverage or other challenges. We recommend that you learn as much as you can now about receiving emergency notifications in your area. The reality is that in the event of a major wildfire, there are simply not fire engines or firefighters to defend every home. Successfully preparing for a wildfire requires you to take personal responsibility for protecting yourself, your family and your property.
Fill out your own “My Personal Wildfire Action Plan” here: https://gacc.nifc.gov/gbcc/dispatch/ut-cdc/prevention/doc/ready_set_go.pdf
How to sign up for Nixle alerts.