Planning is vital to
all the residents of San Luis Obispo County. Below you will
find helpful information about what to do in an emergency;
check lists to prepare your family for a large emergency
event; and maps to route your safe evacuation.
County Planning Checklist
CAL FIRE Evacuation Checklist
Disaster Planning Checklist
If your smoke detector goes off or you see a
- Remain calm and get out.
- If you see smoke under the door, find another
- Feel the door with the back of your hand before
you open it. If it is hot, find another way out.
- Drop to the floor to avoid smoke and fumes.
Crawl to safety.
- If your clothes catch on fire, STOP where you
are, DROP to the ground, and ROLL over and over to smother the
- Call 9-1-1 from a safe location.
- If you are trapped in a burning building, stay
near a window and close to the floor. If possible, signal for
If you see a wildfire,
call 9-1-1. Don't assume that someone else has already
called. Describe the location of the fire, speak slowly and
clearly, and answer any questions asked by the dispatcher.
Before the Fire Approaches Your House
Evacuate. Evacuate your pets and all
family members who are not essential to preparing the home.
Anyone with medical or physical limitations and the young
and the elderly should be evacuated immediately.
Wear Protective Clothing.
Remove Combustibles. Clear items that will burn from around
the house, including wood piles, lawn furniture, barbecue
grills, tarp coverings, etc. Move them outside of your
Close/Protect Openings. Close outside attic, eaves and
basement vents, windows, doors, pet doors, etc. Remove
flammable drapes and curtains. Close all shutters, blinds or
heavy non-combustible window coverings to reduce radiant
Close Inside Doors/Open Damper. Close alt doors inside the
house to prevent draft. Open the damper on your fireplace,
but close the fireplace screen.
Shut Off Gas. Shut off any natural gas, propane or fuel oil
supplies at the source.
Water. Connect garden hoses. Fill any pools, hot tubs,
garbage cans, tubs or other large containers with water.
Pumps. If you have gas-powered pumps for water, make sure
they are fueled and ready.
Ladder. Place a ladder against the house in clear view.
Car. Back your car into the driveway and roll up the
Garage Doors. Disconnect any automatic garage door openers
so that doors can still be opened by hand if the power goes
out. Close all garage doors.
Valuables. Place valuable papers, mementos and anything "you
can't live without" inside the car in the garage, ready for
quick departure. Any pets still with you should also be put
in the car.
Preparing to Leave
Lights. Turn on outside lights and leave a light on in every
room to make the house more visible in heavy smoke.
Don't Lock Up. Leave doors and windows closed but unlocked.
It may be necessary for firefighters to gain quick entry
into your home to fight fire. The entire area will be
isolated and patrolled by sheriff's deputies or police.