It is important that Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council residents are knowledgeable on the seasonal and daily fire danger which exists throughout the year. There are resources available for easy reference to give you a sense of the likelihood of a wildfire occurring on any given day, so you can be prepared before it starts. The Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center (OSCC) provides a weekly, monthly, and seasonal outlook for Southern California HERE. Residents need to have extra vigilance during the peak of the fire season or on days with “Red Flag Warnings” designating Extreme wildfire conditions are present or expected to occur over the next 24 hours.
Create a Wildfire Action Plan
In addition to educating yourself on the current fire conditions, having a prepared Wildfire Action Plan that is understood by all family members, will help you be prepared when an emergency occurs.
The plan should include:
A designated emergency meeting location outside the fire or hazard area. This is critical to determine who has safely evacuated from the affected area.
Several different escape routes from your home and community to a designated safe meeting spot (i.e. a local school, large shopping center, etc.)
Have an evacuation plan for pets and large animals such as horses and other livestock.
A Family Communication Plan that designates an out-of-area friend or relative as a point of contact to act as a single source of communication among family members in case of separation. (It is easier to call or message one person and let them contact others than to try and call everyone when phone, cell, and internet systems can be overloaded or limited during a disaster).
Ready Kids! – FEMA’s site for older kids to prepare and plan for a disaster. Includes safety steps, tips, and games to help children learn about and be ready for an emergency.
Ready Kids! – Explore fun activities, games, to teach kids about protecting our forests.
Seniors and people with disabilities also need special consideration when preparing for a disaster. Below are several resources that help individuals and families with special needs plan and prepare for emergencies.
Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities – American Red Cross Disaster Services booklet with information and resources to help people with physical, visual, auditory, or cognitive disabilities design a personal disaster plan.