In the wake of the much publicized Gulick family video that detailed their harrowing escape from the Lower North Fork wildfire in Colorado, CNN’s Brian Todd reached out to Greg Cade, NFPA’s Director of Government Affairs, and former United States Fire Administrator, to discuss the importance of evacuating early, and preparing your home ahead of a wildfire threat.
The interview, which aired last night on Wolf Blitzer’s Situation Room, highlighted the fact that being aware of the location of the fire and creating an evacuation plan ahead of time are the keys to getting out safely.
Todd went on to state that residents can also prepare their homes ahead of a wildfire, like creating defensible space, and cleaning up dead debris on the ground that turns into fuel for wildfires.
Residents can find more information about how to better safeguard their homes by visiting the “homeowners” section of the Firewise website.
Also check out the Firewise Communities Program which lists interactive modules that provide tips and resources on what to do when a wildfire is approaching your area, and IAFC’s Ready, Set, Go! program, that provides additional information about wildfire preparedness.