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Wildfire Safety and Preparedness Tips

Forest engulfed in flames

As you know, wildfire season in Alaska has begun. Abnormally dry conditions and below average snow pack in the southern part of the state have been the catalyst for a recent outbreak of wildfires. Already this year there have been 41 wildfires statewide.

Warmer than normal temperatures and low levels of precipitation are being predicted for the upcoming summer months here in Alaska. Now is the time to review your wildfire safety knowledge and preparedness. Here are some tips from the Department of Homeland Security to help get you prepared:

  • Put together a wildfire emergency preparedness kit, which should include items such as a flashlight, batteries, cash, a first-aid kit, cell phone chargers, etc.

  • Prepare your home by regularly cleaning the gutters, maintaining an area approximately 30 feet away from you home that is free of anything that will burn (e.g., wood piles, newspapers, portable propane tanks, dried leaves, and other brush), and connecting garden hoses long enough to reach any area of the home.

  • Review your homeowner or renter insurance policy to ensure that you have enough coverage for your property and belongings.

  • Subscribe to your community’s text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts”.

For additional tips on what to do before, during, and after a wildfire, click here

If you have any questions or concerns about your insurance coverage in the event of a wildfire, please feel free to reach out to your Independent Insurance Agent.

Source: Department of Homeland Security