If there are reports of wildlfires:

1)  Listen to local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information. Follow instructions of local officials regarding the safest escape route. (It may be different than you expect; wildland fires can change direction and speed up suddenly.) 

2)  If you have one, turn on your FRS Radio and set it to your neighborhood's channel and code. Check in, and continue to monitor for new information. 

3)  If you believe the fire is too close to your location, evacuate immediately. (The fire may be moving too fast for officials to issue evacuation notifications.) Choose a route away from the fire and other potential fire hazards.

4)  Park your car in an open space, facing the direction of escape. Leave the key in the ignition, roll up the windows, and shut car door and sunroof. Close garage windows and doors. Remove all obstacles to a quick escape.

5)  Open access gates to your property while you still have time and electricity to operate automatic gates.

6)  Arrange for temporary housing at a friend's or relative's home outside the threatened area. (You will be more comfortable in someone's home than in a public shelter. Plus, many shelters do not allow pets.)

7)  Pack an evacuation kit for each member of your family and short list of "must take" items and place them in your car. Such items include:

-Identification showing your current address.

-Cash and Credit Cards

-Prescription medications

-Phone numbers of family, friends and other emergency contacts

-Change of clothing and toiletries for an overnight stay

-A good book or favorite toy

-A leash or carrier, a bowl, and food for family pets

-Pack your short list of "must take" items and place them in your car. 

-Financial and insurance papers

-Photo albums or negatives

-Computer data backups

-Irreplaceable artwork

8)  Change into protective clothing: sturdy shoes or boots, cotton or wool clothing, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, gloves, and a handkerchief to protect your face. Wear goggles and a hard hat, if possible, and carry drinking water and a flashlight. 

9)  Evacuate large animals or release them into a coral or pasture containing as little burnable material as possible. (If you wait, it may be too late to maneuver through slow traffic and thick smoke.)

10) Consider evacuating family members who will not be helping prepare your home and neighborhood for evacuation.