This is the fourth in a series of articles SNO will be doing called “Wildfire Wednesday.” To begin, there will be 8 articles presenting “The 12 Step Guide to Help Plan in Advance for Evacuation.” This guide was put together by Katie Hepler and the members of the California Fire Support Group on Facebook. The California Fire Support Group is “intended to allow collaboration between those who have been through the fire and recovery process, and those who want to be prepared or are currently experiencing a fire.” Katie Hepler got involved in wildfire relief and recovery in 2015 when the Butte Fire devastated the community of Mountain Ranch and Calaveras County.
MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Wildfire season is just around the corner and being prepared is vital for keeping your family and community safe. Following are Steps 5 and 6 from “The 12 Step Guide to Help Plan in Advance for Evacuation.” This guide was put together by those who have experienced evacuations firsthand. The guide is set up in a way that encourages you to do the work now, ahead of time, so that if and when you need to evacuate, you will be able to do so quickly and safely.
Step 5: Organize Your Home and Belongings
Step 6: Photograph EVERYTHING!
Photographs you may want to take:
Overall exterior of your home and property, include any outbuildings, garages etc.
Overview of each room and its contents (also a photo with all drawers/cabinets open).
Specific shot of items or areas which need more detail for contents (ie. bookshelf, jewelry, closets, DVDs, etc.).
Specific shot of items of significant value or meaning.
Any vehicles or large ‘toys’ you may have.
Check here for our previous Wildfire Wednesday Articles