Take your master list and prepare to check everything off. Your list should include what to take with you and what to do with your house as you leave it. What you have time to do will depend upon the proximity of the fire.
As soon as you hear the order to withdraw or decide on your own to head out, have everyone meet together.
Make sure they are ready to play their part and that evacuation plans are in motion. Are the family pets confined to one room? Is each person fulfilling his or her role? Is everything under control with no one panicking?
FINAL WALK THROUGH
If you can, do a quick walk through of the house and
- Make sure the windows are all closed and locked
- Shut off the power, gas and water
- Lock your doors—including garage and shed doors.
- See that your animals are ready, their carriers waiting to be picked up and placed in the car or other vehicle for departure