We have seen the recent headlines of the destructive fire in Arizona and the families who have been evacuated from their homes. In the event of a sudden emergency such as a wildfire, you may have just minutes to gather your family and important papers, and get out of your house, possibly for good. Are you prepared? With preparation and practice, you stand the best chance of getting out with what you and your family need, and ending up in the right place. Planning ahead is crucial; this five-step plan can help get you and your family on the road to safety.

  1. Arrange your evacuation ahead of time. Identify Where you can go in the event of an evacuation. Try to have more than one option: the home of a friend or family member in another town, a hotel or a shelter.
  2. Create a home inventory. A home inventory will help ensure that you have purchased enough insurance to replace your personal possessions. It can also speed the claims process.
  3. Plan what to take. Medicines, bottled water, flashlights & batteries, special items for infants or elderly or disabled family members, computer or laptop, photographs, pet food.
  4. Gather important documents. Keep important documents in a safe place that you can access easily (insurance policies, prescriptions, birth & marriage certificates, passports, drivers license and social security cards).
  5. Take the 10 minute challenge. To find out if you are ready, do a real-time test. Give yourself just 10 minutes to get your family and belongings into the car and on the road to safety.

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