Are you prepared to act quickly in an emergency? Piedmont Fire Chief shares tips

City of Piedmont

Piedmont Fire Chief Dave Brannigan appeared on KTVU Mornings on 2 this week to talk about the steps everyone should take to prepare for a wildfire.

From the City of Piedmont’s weekly email, a message from Piedmont Fire Chief Dave Brannigan:

I hope you have now signed up for AC Alert notifications, bookmarked on your computer and phone, and packed a go-bag. If not, do the first two now and book time on your calendar to make your go-bag.

Once you know how to get information and have your essentials ready to take with you, you need to decide where you’ll go. Think about what routes you would use to evacuate in a fire.

Identify two routes away from your home by car and two by foot. Mark them on the map you keep in your go-bag. For driving routes, focus on main roads that connect with major streets and highways. Bigger roads with more capacity are less likely to get blocked during an evacuation.

I encourage everyone to review and practice your evacuation routes with your household, carrying your go-bags with you. Regular practice ensures everyone will know what to do in an emergency, when you must act quickly.

Thank you for taking these important readiness steps. The more we all prepare, the stronger and more resilient our community will be in a disaster. I hope to see you at Community Hall at 10 a.m. Saturday after the evacuation drill.

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