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How to Protect Yourself, Your Family and Your Home from Wildfires

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July 11, 2017

With the province under a state of emergency and wildfires spreading across south and central BC, it is a highly stressful time for communities at risk. If you are among those residing in these areas, It is important that you take some simple precautions and prepare a plan should wildfires threaten the safety of your family and your home.  

If you are in an active wildfire zone:

  • Monitor local radio and television stations for status updates.
  • Keep your 72-hour emergency kit on hand and be prepared to evacuate at any time.
  • Keep windows and doors closed. Remove drapes, curtains, awnings, window coverings, and anything else flammable.
  • If water supplies are available and sufficient, use a sprinkler to wet your roof.
  • Follow the directions of local authorities, and follow evacuation orders if given. Do not deviate from the evacuation plan.
  • Ensure emergency vehicles have access to your home by keeping fire lanes clear and driveways accessible.
  • If you have access to a cell phone, call your family members to tell them your whereabouts. Leave your cell phone turned on so that people can reach you.

The Canadian Red Cross recommends:

  • A sturdy and easy-to-carry bag, like a backpack.
  • Two litres of drinking water and two litres of water for washing per person, per day. Don’t forget about your pets!
  • At least a 72-hour supply of non-perishable food for each person. Include food for your pets as necessary.
  • Manual can opener.
  • Crank or battery-operated flashlight, with extra batteries.
  • Crank or battery-operated radio, with extra batteries.
  • Extra keys for your house and car.
  • First aid kit.
  • Cash in small bills.
  • Special needs items (e.g., medications, infant formula).
  • Personal hygiene items.
  • Important family documents (e.g., copies of birth and marriage certificates, passports, licences, wills, and insurance policies).
  • Copy of your emergency plan.
Place the above items in a waterproof container and store your emergency kit in a convenient place so it is accessible when a disaster strikes. Check this kit every six months to ensure that it meets your changing needs, the water and food supply are fresh, and batteries are in working order. Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing medications.

Check for the latest status updates and additional resources.  The BC Wildfire Service has also provided an interactive map showing the locations of active fires.

If you have questions about your insurance policy or would like more information, contact your Capri Insurance broker.


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