Evacuation Checklist

When an evacuation is anticipated, follow these checklists (if time allows) to give you and your home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.

On Your Person

  • Dress in long sleeves and long pants, heavy cotton or wool is preferable no matter how hot it is.  

  • Wear leather gloves, head, and eye protection - goggles are best.

  • Cover your face with a dry bandanna or cotton or wool cloth or scarf OVER an N95 respirator.

  • Carry a headlamp and flashlight (even during the day), cell phone, and spare battery.

  • Carry your car keys and wallet on your person.

  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.


  • Locate your pets and place in carriers NOW.  You will not be able to catch them when panicked as a fire approaches.  
  • Place carriers (with your pets in them) near the front door, with fresh water and extra food.
  • Prepare horses and large animals for transport and consider moving them to a safe location early, before evacuation is ordered.
  • Learn more about evacuating pets...
  • Learn more about evacuating large animals...

Inside the House

  • Shut all windows and doors, leave them UNLOCKED.
  • Remove flammable window shades and lightweight curtains; close metal shutters.
  • Move flammable furniture to the center of the room, away from windows and doors.
  • Shut off gas at the meter or propane tank; turn off pilot lights.
  • Leave all indoor and outdoor lights on so firefighters can see your house under smoky conditions.
  • Shut off air conditioning and house fans.


  • Gather up combustible items from the exterior of the house and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.) or place them in your pool.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures and close propane valves.
  • Connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters. Attach grip type nozzles if you have them.  Fill water buckets and place them around the house.
  • Don’t leave sprinklers on or water running, they are ineffective and can reduce critical water pressure for the entire neighborhood.
  • Hosing your roof down is dangerous and ineffective.  
  • Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters in the smoke or darkness of night.
  • Put your Emergency Supply Kit in your vehicle.
  • Back your car into the driveway so it is facing out, with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed.
  • Carry your car keys with you.
  • Have ladder(s) available and place at the corner(s) of the house for firefighters to quickly access your roof.
  • Seal attic and ground vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals.
  • Patrol your property and monitor the fire situation. Don’t wait for an evacuation order if you feel threatened.
  • Check on neighbors and make sure they are preparing to leave.

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