May is Wildfire Preparedness Month.
Wildfire Preparedness Month is an opportunity for residents to take responsibility for implementing actions to reduce wildfire risk in and around their homes. By taking these simple actions, you will help to create unified and fire-adapted communities throughout Eagle County.
Additionally, through advance preparation such as making a plan, building a "go-bag," and signing up for EC Alert, you and your family will be better prepared in the event of a wildfire. See below for actions YOU can take for Wildfire Preparedness Month, during May 2023.
|Sign Up and Register|
Task 1: May 1 - 7
Sign up for EC Alert to receive the latest information about wildfire incidents and evacuation notices. Subscribers can elect to receive time-sensitive emergency messages to their phone, desktop, or other mobile device. If you already have an account with EC Alert, be sure to check that your notifications are up to date and cover wildfire notices. Learn more and register here.
Register for the free Community Connect service and share critical information about your household so that first responders know what to do when they arrive at your home. Register here.
|Prepare Your Home|
Task 2: May 8 - 14
Move your leftover firewood off of and out from beneath your deck to ensure that embers won't get trapped and cause an ignition. Keep your firewood at least 30 feet from your home and at least 10 feet from tree branches to prevent any fire from spreading from the wood to your house or trees. If you're not using firewood during the summer, discard any leftover firewood appropriately. For this and other tips for reducing your home’s wildfire risk, visit Live Wildfire Ready.
|Make a Plan|
Task 3: May 15 - 21
Make a plan and complete your Emergency Checklist by determining your evacuation route and creating an emergency supply kit with plans for your 6 P's:
- People and pets
- Papers, phone numbers and important documents
- Prescriptions, vitamins, and eyeglasses
- Pictures and memorabilia
- Personal computers (information on hard drive and removable memory)
- Plastic (credit cards, debit cards) and cash
Learn more at Ready.gov.
|Review Your Assessment|
Task 4: May 22 - 28
Did you know every building in Vail has already had a curbside evaluation completed?
Visit www.vailwildfire.com to see your wildfire hazard assessment. These evaluations were performed by trained fire professionals; they identify specific risks for each property and will give you recommendations for mitigating your home from the threat of wildfire. Take action on the assessment to reduce wildfire risk in and around your home.