Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is coming up -- are you ready?

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is coming up -- are you ready?
Posted on 04/26/2021

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is Saturday, May 1, and Lane County residents are encouraged to prepare for wildfire season.


“We have seen firsthand the devastation of wildfire in our community,” said Lane County Emergency Manager Patence Winningham. “We know that wildfire can happen here and we must all take steps to help prevent wildfire and protect our homes and businesses.”


This year, the campaign is encouraging people to start close to home and look for ways to prepare and prevent, including:

  • Clean up: dispose of lawn debris to reduce fuel; clear needles, leaves and other debris from roofs, gutters, porches and decks; move firewood piles to at least 30 feet away from buildings; and keep lawns mowed and hydrated.
  • Make a plan: plan two ways out of your neighborhood and designate a meeting place before a wildfire threatens your area; include pets in your evacuation plans; and plan to have horses or other large animals ready year-round for potential wildfire evacuation.


To learn more about preparing your home for wildfire, see the checklist available at www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire/Preparing-homes-for-wildfire.


Lane County residents are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with evacuation levels and to sign up for emergency alerts via AlertMe!. AlertMe! allows fire, police, and other emergency response agencies to issue alerts to residents at the contact information they provided, including telephone, text messages and email. 


“We have a variety of emergency alerting tools available,” said Winningham. “And we use the best possible tool for each incident. Signing up for the AlertMe! service gives us one more way to reach you.”


About Wildfire Community Preparedness Day:

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is a national campaign led by the National Fire Protection Association to encourage people and organizations everywhere to come together on a single day to take action to raise awareness and reduce wildfire risks. It is held in the United States and Canada on the first Saturday in May. Learn more at www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire/National-Wildfire-Community-Preparedness-Day.