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BEING READY—WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS
Prepare Early - Fire Adapted & Ready
Defensible space is the buffer zone you create between a building on your property and any wildland area surrounding it. This is done by removing dead trees, plants, grass, and weeds to help keep the fire away from your home.
Hardening your home involves using building materials that are ignition-resistant, meaning that they are less likely to catch fire or sustain burning when exposed to embers and small flames from wildfires.
Prepare yourself and your home for the possibility of having to evacuate. There are three main preparation actions that should be completed and familiar to all members of your household far in advance of a wildfire.
Teton Conservation District offers an excellent Wildfire Risk Reduction Program to help you learn more and take action.
We should always be "Ready" by preparing for evacuations and becoming fire-adapted.
- Create a Wildland Fire Action Guide that includes evacuation planning for your home, family and pets.
- Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit for each person in your household.
- Fill-out a Family Communication Plan that includes important evacuation and contact information.
- Sign-up for Nixle local emergency alerts by visiting Nixle.com or by texting TETON_WY to 888777, for Spanish reply back with ESP.
- Follow Teton County Emergency Management on Facebook for emergency information and incident updates.
- Get a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio
- Ensure Financial Preparedness, gather financial and critical personal, household, and medical information.
Be Alert - Be Weather/Lightning & Fire Aware
- Follow local incident information & updates at TCincident.org
- Follow Teton Interagency Fire at Tetonfires.com
- Have a heightened awareness of fire potential during Red Flag Warnings - Riverton Weather Office
- Local and regional fire information can be found at inciweb.nwcg.gov
- Prepare to evacuate. Remain close to your house, keep an eye on your family and pets
- Consider evacuation if you have pets, livestock, or if anyone may require extra time or has mobility issues.
- IF YOU FEEL YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER, LEAVE! Don't wait. Notifications may not get to everyone.
- Alert family, neighbors & elderly, while staying updated on shelters, roads, weather & fire.
- Make preparations inside and outside of your home and property if you have time.
Act Early! - EVACUATE!
When to Leave?
- Leave early to avoid being caught in the fire, smoke or road congestion. Don't wait to be told by authorities to leave. IF YOU FEEL YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER, LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! If you are advised to leave, don't hesitate.
Where to Go?
- Head to your predetermined location or as directed by officials.
How to get there?
- Have several routes planned in case one route is blocked. Choose an escape route away from the fire. Stay informed on current road status, closures and hazards.
What to take?
- Take your emergency supply kit containing your family's & pet's medications & necessary items.