Series - Our Wildfire Evacuation

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This is a multi-part article and I will update this post and thread as the other parts become available.

Because this article has some good lessons for Preppers, particularly with respect to wildfires as a Prepper threat, but also in general for all things for which we Prep, I'm posting this on the public side of the forum so everyone can find it, guests and member alike (yes, you too robots).

Thanks to Survivalblog and the author, SoCal9mm for this article.

Part 1) https://survivalblog.com/wildfire-evacuation-part-1-socal9mm/
Part 2) https://survivalblog.com/wildfire-evacuation-part-2-socal9mm/
Part 3) https://survivalblog.com/wildfire-evacuation-part-3-socal9mm/
Part 4) https://survivalblog.com/wildfire-evacuation-part-4-socal9mm/
part 5) https://survivalblog.com/wildfire-evacuation-part-5-socal9mm/

Part 1 makes a point about the long term evacuation (4 weeks) which many people has to deal with. It offers the authors plan for an evacuation and I recommend that all of you take the time to read it and compare to your own plan. If you don't, yet, have such a plan, then this one is a good place to start. Adapt it to fit your situation. PS we are entering fire season...

Part 2 contains a journal description of the fire evacuation for his community. It also has the recommendation of what actions to take and what lessons might be taken from his experience.

Part 3 continues with the report of what they did during and after the evacuation. Things which were missed and thing which needed to be added to the plan. A list of daily activities and time line. Other members of the burnt community were able to meet and support each other.

Part 4 is about lessons learned and a breakdown the the next four days of evacuation including the chance to be escorted by the National Guard into the evac zone to collect a small amount of possessions.

Part 5 discusses the AFTER FIRE dangers, in this case land slides caused by heavy rain on the burned hillsides. I never considered this particular aspect of fire danger. The author did a second evacuation due to heavy rains and the danger of land slide. Also, the community banded together to cover their hill side with tarps to try to avoid the problem. I think this is a good idea...
 
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My wife and I went over ours a few days ago. We have a couple of plans and are set to go. This is a very real threat for us and we are taking it very serious. Thanks for posting this.
 
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How long did the outage last?
Were you given any prior warning?
 

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About 6 hours, yes they gave a days notice. I'd rather them turn the power off then my house burns down. Fine by me. That's why I have a generator.
 
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At six hours, most refrigerators/freezers will stay cold if not opened.
Now, do you get a rebate on your power bill for services not provided? I know, it's California...
 

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At six hours, most refrigerators/freezers will stay cold if not opened.
Now, do you get a rebate on your power bill for services not provided? I know, it's California...
 

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Well, the meter isn't running, so I guess that's something. My power bill is between $30 and $40 a month. I'm not overly worried about the power being off for a little while here and there.
 
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I wish! Our bill is around $70/mo, mostly due to the refrigerator and computers.
 

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If we were going to stay I'd buy solar and be done with it, but we are out of here in 5 years.
 
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Cross your fingers and hope the California home market survives that long, and that you don't have a forest fire...
 

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I noted that even though the author and family had a plan, many things were forgotten in the rush to get away. They were fortunate in that they were allowed to return and did not lose their house.
 

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Part 5 has been linked in the OP above, sorry, it's a day late...

You may want to read the comments on each of these five parts for more suggestions from readers.
 
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