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September 15, 2019 4 steps to help you plan for wildfires
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(BPT) - Wildfires and other disasters can be challenging because you rarely get enough warning to develop a plan to protect your family and minimize property damage, much less execute that plan. Thinking ahead can make all the difference — increasing your family’s personal protection and minimizing property damage and financial impact.

Four steps that can help:

Prepare your family, whether you are at home or traveling:

Establish a family communication and evacuation plan that includes a remote meeting place in case you’re separated.Stock an emergency kit with essentials and must-haves.Sign up your primary phone for Reverse 911 notifications so you can receive up-to-the-minute catastrophe bulletins and instructions. Contact your local police or fire department to inquire whether the service is available in your area.

Protect your finances:

Review your insurance policies annually (or more frequently when major life changes occur) to ensure you have the right type and amount of coverage.Establish an emergency fund. Try for three to six months of living expenses, if possible.Store important documents on a secure Internet site or in a safe-deposit box that requires an ID and key.

Ready your home:

Create a fire-free zone by trimming branches near the structure. Also clear leaves, debris and dead trees, and keep your grass mowed.Properly store flammable materials and fuels.

Access community help:

Join or form a Firewise Community Program in your neighborhood.Get involved in community wildfire mitigation projects.

For more information on preparing for wildfires, visit

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