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Preparation And Evacuation Tips For Residents In Wildfire-Prone Areas

Smoke billows behind homes in south Reno.
Natalie Van Hoozer
Smoke from the Petrilla Fire in Steamboat Valley south of Reno, Nev., in June of 2021.

As evacuation orders grow in the Tahoe Basin, it’s becoming more urgent for residents to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.

Jamie Roice-Gomes is the manager of the Living with Fire program, managed by the University of Nevada, Reno Extension. She said in fire situations, like the Caldor Fire, the number one priority is to sign up for emergency notifications and then prepare an evacuation to-go kit.

“Some things to include would be important documents, like bank statements, trusts, insurance policy, birth certificates, medical records,” Roice-Gomes said. “Make sure you have some cash and your credit and debit card, medications.”

She also recommends doing an inventory of your household items and taking photos of your home’s exterior, which can help with insurance claims if damage does occur.

Roice-Gomes also suggests considering your clothing when evacuating and recommends wearing wool or cotton items with long sleeves, in addition to bringing hats, jackets, face masks and goggles.

Those living in Tahoe can find more information at tahoelivingwithfire.com, and Nevada residents can learn more at livingwithfire.com.

As a note of disclosure, the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents owns the license to this station.

Noah Glick is a former content director and host at KUNR Public Radio.
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