Both wildfires and house fires are unpredictable and chaotic. However, here in Riverside, we can make some preliminary plans to help lessen damage and destruction from fires.
First, Get Ready
Your home has a better chance of surviving a wildfire if you take the time to prepare early – but also prepare for the possibility of an evacuation. Wildfires may take a while to contain. If that is the case, you might be displaced for several days or even weeks. Make sure you prepare enough food, water, and other supplies to last the duration of the displacement. Of course, be sure to prepare and bring a supply kit containing basic household items that you might need in an emergency.
A basic emergency supply kit list from ready.gov is a good start:
Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food; 5000-7000 calories per person
Battery-powered or hand crank radio with NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
First aid kit
Whistle to signal for help
Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Manual can opener for food
Local (paper) maps
Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
Photos of Driver’s License, Passport, Insurance Policies saved to your phone
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
Matches in a waterproof container
Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
Paper and pencil
Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
So as soon as the situation warrants it, grab the kit and get out! Cover-up to protect against heat and flying embers. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, heavy shoes/boots, a cap, a dry bandanna for face cover, goggles or glasses.
Locate your pets, get the leases on (or put them in the pet carriers) and take them with you. Get yourselves out of danger so that the firefighters can get to work.
There’s An App For That!
Cal Fire offers the “READY FOR WILDFIRE” mobile app for download.
Here you can find a checklist with steps for:
Taking charge of your Defensible Space
Hardening your home
Creating an evacuation and family communication plan
Assembling an emergency supply kit
During fire season, use the tool to receive customized wildfire texts or push notifications
You can get alerts based on your chosen zip code or within 30 miles of you. Stay updated about current wildfires, such as size and containment percentage, plus view maps of all current fires.
PRC Restoration Inc.
At PRC Restoration, we understand how stressful it can be to worry about repairing fire damage at your home. When disasters strike, our professional team is available 24 hours a day. At PRC Restoration, our technicians are trained to identify structural risks and address instability issues until permanent repairs can be made.
PRC Inc is a full-service licensed general contractor in the Riverside area. We provide emergency services, mitigation, structural repairs and construction services. PRC Restoration Inc. is an industry leader in both commercial and residential disaster recovery, with over 20 years of meeting and exceeding our client’s expectations. For service in Riverside and all of Greater Los Angeles, call 855-906-3757 or visit prcinc.com
Get In Touch With Us
PRC Restoration Inc.
23839 Banning Blvd.
Carson, CA 90745
Rancho Cucamonga Branch
8740 E White Oak Ave.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
PRC Restoration Inc. is a full service disaster restoration and home remodeling company serving Greater Los Angeles. We provide quality water damage restoration, mold removal and remediation, interior and exterior remodeling, and much more. Our experts are fully trained and certified to handle all types of restoration issues, and we can provide you with a quality solution to your problem.