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Guide to Fire Wise Quick Start Videos

The quick start videos give you an overview of how to prepare for wildfires.

They are all short and dont include everything you should know, but they are a good starting point and they lead you to more information. 

Clear and Present Danger at Lake Wildwood (6:36)
This video describes how longer fire seasons and other factors are increasing the chances that another firestorm will threaten us and our homes and cause us to evacuate.  It shows where fires have occurred in the past and the various zones of fire threat.  

How To Evacuate #1 -- Be Prepared and Leave Early (12:41)
Why is the Lake Wildwood evacuation situation so challenging that our evacuation strategy is to “leave early?” This video gives you the big picture of the steps that could save your life.

How To Evacuate #2 -- Escape Routes and Exits (8:18)
“Evacuation” means more than simply driving away. How will you decide which route to take during a stressful evacuation situation? This video gives you an overview of the steps that could make a big difference in your outcome.

How To Evacuate #3 -- When Should I Leave Early (20:02)
This features Retired Penn Valley Fire Chief and Public Safety Committee Chair Gene Vander Plaats talking about Lake Wildwood’s “Be Prepared and Leave Early” wildfire preparedness strategy from his own experience. Learn how to be situationally aware, detect signs of high fire danger using reliable resources, and make a decision about when it’s best for you to leave rather than waiting until there is an evacuation order.

Defend Your Home Against Wildfire (8:19)
This video describes simple steps you can take now to improve your home's chance of surviving.  There are more things to do beyond these simple steps, but they're a good start! This video also encourages you to watch a longer, excellent video by the National Fire Protection Association called Your Home Can Survive a Wildfire (13:19)

Reference Links:

Situational Awareness Resources
Is there an evacuation order? Is there a fire nearby? Understand conditions around you so you can make decisions about leaving before an evacuation order.

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