July 19th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 29
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Be FireSmart: Evacuation tips
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Flames shoot hundreds of feet in the air during the 2003 Lost Creek fire.
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
With the current dry weather and high temperatures, a wildfire is a potential occurrence and should one happen, it could do so unexpectedly and spread quickly in a matter of hours, leaving residents with very little time to prepare themselves and their property for the oncoming disaster.

FireSmart Alberta recommends having a ready-to-go kit with various essential items like water, personal identification cards, cash in small denominations, disposable utensils and pet supplies for any animals in the family. They also recommend packing non-refrigerated food and a manual can opener, flashlights with extra batteries, a change of clothes and personal hygiene items.

Prior to evacuating your home, FireSmart recommends turning off home water, electricity and gas as well as post easy to see signs for water and gas shut-offs.
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Families should devise an evacuation route and rehearse it with all members at least once a year, also posting a sketch of the route somewhere visible and easily accessible to all members of the family.

Residents are encouraged to also listen to local radio or television for information from authorities and obey any municipal evacuation plans that are put in place. FireSmart Alberta identifies two types of evacuations that can be implemented by the municipality: the strategic evacuation and the tactical, or immediate, evacuation.

The strategic evacuation is arranged when sufficient lead time exists by declaring a local state of emergency.
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Tactical evacuation occurs when a fire advances too quickly and sufficient lead time is not available. Residents are asked to leave their homes immediately, but evacuation is voluntary in this situation and cannot be enforced.

For a complete list of items to include in the ready-to-go kit and for more information on how to prepare for a wildfire situation, visit getprepared.gc.ca

You can get up-to-date information on current wildfire activity by calling 1-866-FYI-FIRE or by downloading the Alberta Wildfire app, available for both Apple and Android phones. To report a wildfire, call 310-FIRE.
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