Tips for a Safe Evacuation

Tips for a Safe Evacuation

Make sure you know how to evacuate safely when necessary.

In the recent wake of the California wildfires, it has come to light that many homeowners don’t know how to evacuate properly. Although there is no right way to do this, knowing how to handle an evacuation and what to do in the situation can help yourself and others. Natural disasters can happen at any time. Make sure you are prepared for an evacuation by reading these tips.

Before you leave:

  • Alert family and neighbors
  • Grab your emergency supply kit complete with necessary items, a battery-powered radio, spare batteries, drinking water, and emergency contact numbers
  • Remain close to your home, stay hydrated, and keep an eye on your family and pets until you leave


  • Shut all windows and doors. Leave them unlocked.
  • Turn the gas off at the meter.
  • Leave the lights on so firefighters can see your house under smoky conditions.


  • Move loose and flammable objects inside, such as patio furniture, children’s toys, and doormats.
  • Back cars into the driveway or garage.
  • Turn off propane tanks and move them away from any structures.
  • Leave exterior lights on.

Leave early

By leaving early, you give your family the best chance of surviving a wildfire or other natural disaster. You also help to keep the roads clear of congestion so that firefighters and emergency personnel can move easily. If you are advised to leave, don’t hesitate! Make sure you have a predetermined location in mind before you leave, such as a shelter, evacuation shelter, motel, or friend’s house. If you have pets, know beforehand which shelters accept animals. Have several routes mapped out in case one route is blocked by the disaster or emergency vehicles.

Natural disasters can be devastating. Make sure that your home and belongings have adequate home insurance coverage so that you have peace of mind you’re protected. The professionals at Lloyd S. Berkett Insurance Agency can help you secure quality coverage that suits your needs and budget. Contact us today for more information.

Lloyd Berkett Insurance

11150 W. Olympic Blvd.
Suite 610
Los Angeles, CA 90064

(310) 857-5757
(800) BERKETT | 237-5388
Fax: (310) 857-5750

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