Most of these things you can plan for ahead of time. Then, when the fire comes, if you can't get out (evacuating early is always preferred), go into action.
- Strategically place sprinklers to wet your shelter and surroundings and turn them on.
- Protect some hoses from flames and have them ready to use once the fire front has passed.
- Close exterior doors and windows, but leave them unlocked.
- Close or cover outside attic, eave, and basement vents to prevent embers from entering.
- Move all flammable materials at least 30-feet away from your shelter, including vehicles and recreational equipment, lawn furniture, and firewood.
- Plan for loss of power. Have emergency generators ready to power your well’s pump.
- Store water for putting out burning embers or small fires after the fire front has passed.
- Shut off natural gas and propane.
- Open gates to prevent flames from spreading from a fence to your shelter.