The wildfire season will be upon us soon and residents in Prescott, Arizona need to be prepared as the weather begins to heat up.
The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) notes that wildfire season historically picks up in May, and local officials and organizations say it is important to take steps to prepare for the wildfire season. DEMA recently asked residents to “have the backs” of firefighters by taking some simple home-improvement steps, such as removing brush near homes.
The Yavapai County Contractors Association also cautions residents to keep “defensible space” in mind – by removing potential heat sources such as piles of firewood, spare building materials, vehicles, or anything else that could attract a fire. Homeowners are also encouraged to move items that will burn – woodpiles, lawn chair, and grills – away from their homes.
Prescott, Arizona residents should also have a wildfire evacuation kit prepared and ready to go including essentials such as:
- A week’s supply of prescription medications
- Important documents backed up electronically or kept together ready to move
- Pet food, water, and carrier ready to go
- Photos and mementos together for quick pick-up
It’s never too early to prepare! And better to be prepared in case of an emergency evacuations.
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