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WILDFIRE 

Whether you live in the Foothills of Palo Alto or the flatlands closer to the Bay, preparing for wildfires makes a lot of sense. The wildfire threat is significant across the Santa Cruz Mountain range and is highlighted in the Santa Clara County and Palo Alto local hazard mitigation plans. In the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), there are over 130 residences, a handful of businesses, and public infrastructure that is at risk. The City of Palo Alto works every year to minimize the risk; we have a multi-functional team that works on our wildfire risk reduction programs. But, the City can only do so much. Every property owner must take the steps to prepare for wildfires.  Please check out the resources for preparing, responding and recovering from a wildfire to the right.  City of Palo Alto-Prepare for Wildfire

WHEN TO EVACUATE

When there’s a threat of wildfire, park your vehicle in the driveway facing out for a quick exit.  Leave as soon as evacuation is recommended by fire officials. Don’t wait to be ordered by authorities to leave. In an intense wildfire, they may not have time to knock on every door. If you are advised to leave, don’t hesitate!

Know ahead of time how you’re going to evacuate. Understand ALL the routes in and out of your neighborhood. If you can’t leave using an evacuation route, know the nearest Safety Zone, an area relatively free from flammable vegetation or materials that provides refuge from a fire. 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE TRAPPED

WHILE IN YOUR VEHICLE
Park your vehicle in an area clear of vegetation.
Turn off the heater and air conditioner.
Close all vehicle windows and air vents.
Cover yourself with a wool or cotton blanket or jacket. 
Lie on vehicle floor.
Call 9-1-1 and give your location. 

WHILE ON FOOT
Go to an area clear of vegetation, a ditch or depression on level ground if possible.
Lie face down and cover up your body.
Call 9-1-1 and give your location. 

WHILE AT HOME
Keep your family together.
Call 9-1-1 and give your location. 
Fill sinks and tubs with cold water.
Turn on lights to help rescuers find you.
Stay inside your house. 
Stay away from outside walls and windows.
Keep doors and windows closed, but unlocked.

 
 
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