Catastrophic brush fires are occurring at an increasing rate not only in California but across the country. The many hillside communities within Los Angeles are under continuous threat of a devastating wildfire. As this risk increases, it is important to protect yourself and your family by planning, preparing, and staying aware.
The “Ready, Set, Go!” program is designed to walk you through the steps to take to ensure you are prepared in the case of an approaching wildfire.
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Being “Ready” for wildfire starts with maintaining an adequate vegetation clearance / maintenance around your home. By following the City of Beverly Hills Brush Maintenance Program, you are creating an area around your home that is free of dead, dry and hazardous vegetation. Without this vegetation maintenance, the fire will quickly spread throughout the property and to your home and there is little that can be done to defend it.
In addition to the Brush Clearance Program, you can harden your home by using fire-resistant building materials. Flying embers from a wildfire can destroy homes up to a mile away.
You need to prepare yourself and your home for the possibility of evacuation BEFORE the need arrives. The three elements to getting “Set” include:
- Create a Wildfire Action Plan that includes evacuation planning for your home, family and pets
- Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit for each person in your household
- Stay informed by following local media and your Beverly Hills Nixle Alerts via text to: BEVHILLS to 888777 to receive text message alerts.
If there is an active wildfire in your area, you need to be prepared before it’s time to Go!
If time allows, you should review your Wildfire Action Plan and complete the Pre-Evacuation Preparation Steps. Load your emergency supply kit and your evacuation bags (including any pet kits) into your vehicle and park so it is facing the road for a quick exit.
It is not necessary to wait for the authorities to issue an evacuation order. If you feel threatened, then evacuate early. It is always the safest option.
When an evacuation order is issued, there is no time to waste. Ensure your bags and kit are in your vehicle, locate and load your pets, wear clothing that will protect you against heat and flying embers and GO!
Leaving your home when a wildfire is approaching is a difficult and emotional decision. Many people believe that by staying behind, you have a better chance of saving your home. However, wildfire history makes it clear that while the "stay and defend" concept may sound reasonable on paper, in reality, it is extremely dangerous.
People decide to stay BEFORE the fire front arrives. When the full force of the wildfire is upon them, many people change their minds (or panic) and decide to leave. By this time, it's too late. Many wildland fatalities around the world are the result of people scrambling to leave their homes when it's already too late.
It's up to you to be prepared in the event of a wildfire. We urge you to learn, adopt, and practice “Ready, Set, Go!”