Eddy County Emergency Management

WILDFIRES

HAVE YOUR GO BAG READY IN CASE YOU ARE EVACUATED 

  • Have a Go Bag and a plan prepared in advance because wildfires spread quickly and there is very little or no time to gather necessities.
  • Listen to local radio or television stations for up to date emergency information.  Follow the instructions of local officials and if they tell you to evacuate, do so immediately as wildfires can change speed and direction suddenly.  Be aware that emergency personnel may go door to door to evacuate citizens.
  • Confine your pets to one room as they may try to run if frightened by the fire.  If you keep them in one room, they will be easy to find if you are told to evacuate.
  • Check on the elderly and those with special needs.
  • If you are asked to leave, take your Go Bag/ Emergency Kit and be sure to get your pet and their Go Bag, too.
  • Call your out of area contact and let them know you are evacuating and where you are going.
  • Lock your home when you leave.
  • If you are trapped in a wildfire outdoors, crouch in a pond, river or other body of water.  Cover your head and upper body with wet clothing.  If there is no water around, look for shelter in a cleared area or among a bed of rocks.  Lie flat and cover your body with wet clothing or soil.  Breathe the air close to the ground and breathe through wet clothing or a wet cloth to help avoid inhaling smoke or scorching your lungs. 

IF THERE IS TIME, DO THESE THINGS

  • If you have hoses and water available, place sprinklers on roofs and on anything that could be damaged by fire (especially above ground fuel tanks i.e. propane tanks, etc.).  You can also wet everything down, around your house and property, with a water hose. 
  • Move combustible items away from your house (firewood, furniture, toys, tarps and coverings, etc.).
  • Close windows, vents and doors.  Open the fireplace damper and close the fireplace screen.  Close the garage door and disconnect from automatic door opener (so you can open it if the power goes out).
  • Shut off gas if instructed to do so.