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Information Related to Preparing for Forest Fire and Evacuation For Residents

A checklist of things to do now!

This page covers a great deal of information and procedures, however, it may not be all-inclusive. Each individual and home is different. Contact your Volunteer Fire Department and/or the Cook County Emergency Management, for questions concerning specific situations.

I. Have a fire prevention plan:
Note: For specific information on most of the prevention measures above, please refer to the USFS, DNR and Emergency Management links.

II. Have a family emergency plan:
**The Red Cross website has lots of ideas that may be useful

III. Your part of the communications plan: IV. Have a personal backup plan: V. Potential purchases for emergency preparedness: VI. Security:
Remember to leave your house unlocked as fire fighter may need to use it as a shelter in a burn over. If they are willing to risk their lives to save your house, the least you can do is give them an opportunity to shelter up.

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