5-minute plan in case of Wildfire

Hello Everyone,

The Community Association of Big Sur (CABS) in cooperation with the Big Sur Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will, from time to time, send useful information to you from PG&E and the California Fire Foundation concerning emergency power shutoffs and possible wildfire related planning and preparation.  See the first such notice below.

CERT is comprised of your local neighbor volunteers and was formed after the 2008 Basin Complex Fire.  You may learn more about Big Sur CERT by visiting our web site HERE (bigsurcert.org).  The information from PG&E will also be posted in the Announcements section of this web site as will official announcements from related agencies during any future emergency or disaster.

CERT is able to provide this information to you through funding received from PG&E through the generosity of the Community Emergency Response Volunteers (CERV) of the Monterey Peninsula.  You may visit CERV’s web site HERE (cerv501c3.org)._____________________________
 In 2018, California had one the deadliest and most destructive fire seasons ever with over 1.8 million acres burned. We are working now to better prepare our communities for wildfires and disasters. One focus has been to increase the access to safety information that gives our residents what they need to plan and prepare.  CERV is working with Big Sur CERT and Pacific Gas & Electric Company on this, and we hope it makes all of the difference in keeping everyone safe.

People are being asked to prepare a Five Minute Plan to evacuate their homes immediately and watch for Red Flag Warnings. Evacuation orders means you have to leave right away to avoid getting stuck. Preparing a Five Minute Plan gets your family ready to go quickly once you are ordered to leave.

There are steps that must be taken in order to be able to leave in 5 minutes.

• Mark evacuation routes on map
• Plan where to go if you can’t come home
• Put together an emergency supply kit
• Explain plan to children
• Practice leaving your home in 5 minutes
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2 thoughts on “5-minute plan in case of Wildfire

  1. The 5 minute plan is good. However those of us up on the ridges may not be able to escape in some scenarios. A fire that starts along the highway could easily trap us in place. For example Partington Ridge or dozens of other residences with fabulous views and long cliff and brush bordered driveways. Steps should be taken to surviving in-place. Fire blankets and breathing masks? Anyone have recommendations?

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