What to do in the event of a wildfire

Preparing for a wildfire and during a wildfire

Whether it’s the rolling hills of the Paso Robles wine country or the sandy beaches and oceanfront of Malibu, California is a wonderful place to live. But while the climate is perfect for comfortable living and outdoor fun and adventure, the dry weather presents ideal conditions for wildfires. Your friends at Apollo Insurance Services are here to help you protect your family and your property and have put together a list to help you prepare in the event of a wildfire.

Wildfires strike suddenly and move quickly and unpredictably.  If a wildfire is in your area, it’s important for you to listen to emergency channels and closely follow the status of the fire. Gather emergency supplies and valuable items in your car so you can evacuate when ordered.


  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person
  • Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
  • Prescriptions or special medications
  • Change of clothing
  • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • An extra set of car keys, credit cards, and cash
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
  • Pet food and water


  • Easily carried valuables
  • Family photos and other irreplaceable items
  • Personal computer information on hard drives and disks
  • Chargers for cell phones, laptops, etc.


There are steps you can take to help protect your property when you evacuate such as:

  • If you’re able to, move furniture to the center of rooms and remove drapes and curtains to prevent combustion.
  • Close all windows and doors to prevent drafts and reduce heat.
  • Shut off natural gas from its source.
  • Turn on all lights in your property so that firefighters can more easily see it through the smoke.
  • As you evacuate, lock your door as you leave your home


  • If advised to do so, evacuate safely and remain calm while evacuating. According to Ready.gov, “always keep a sturdy pair of shoes and a flashlight near your bed and handy in case of a sudden evacuation at night”.
  • If you’re driving, roll up your windows and close the air vents. The smoke from the fire can get into your car, irritate your eyes and cause breathing problems.
  • Turn on your headlights and keep your doors unlocked.
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