July 8, 2021

Are you Wildfire Prepared?

Are You Prepared For A Wildfire?

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:
    • Face masks
    • Three-day supply of food and water
    • Map with evacuation routes
    • Prescription medications
    • Clothes
    • First-aid kit
    • Money
    • Flashlight
    • Sanitation supplies
    • Copies of important documents (e.g., ID, Passports)
    • Pet food
    • 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 info@waypoint.ca or call 310-8442 for more information. For more regarding wildfire preparedness please read – Prepared BC: Household Preparedness Guide