With over 210 active wildfires burning in British Columbia, the probability of a wildfire damaging your property is growing with climate change. It is essential for individuals living in high-risk areas to be prepared, plan, and communicate the plan to all members of the household.
Make a Plan
Ensure you plan with COVID-19 in mind.
Plan multiple routes from your home to outside your community.
Locate places to stay along your route: hotels, family, or friends.
Plan ahead for pets and large animals.
Have an emergency contact outside your community as your point of contact in case family members get separated.
Prepare the area surrounding your home (approximately 100 feet) with enough adequate defensible space to try and keep the fire contained. Remove all dead brush, leaves, branches, and trees.
Know how to prepare your home for departure quickly. Shut off gas, electricity, and water before leaving your house.
Know your insurance coverage and have your insurance provider information in your cell phone and emergency kit.
Assemble an emergency supply kit and leave it in your vehicle:
Three-day supply of food and water
Map with evacuation routes
Copies of important documents (e.g., ID, Passports)
Cell phone charger
Emergency contact numbers list
Insurance documentation and contact number.
Are You Covered?
Insurance providers require that all homes and belongings must be insured prior to the start of a fire. Call Waypoint Insurance today to find out about your coverage or how to protect your belongings against future wildfires – email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-8442 for more information. For more regarding wildfire preparedness please read – Prepared BC: Household Preparedness Guide