Being Ready for Wildfire has never been easier with CAL FIRE’s new Ready for Wildfire app. This new tool puts a whole library of step-by-step checklists in the palm of the user’s hand. It allows homeowners to track their progress while creating Defensible Space, hardening their homes with fire-resistant construction, assembling an emergency supply kit and creating a family communication and evacuation plan. App users, with the tap of a finger, can check off each step and see their progress as they reach 100% Ready!
While being a great educational tool, the Ready for Wildfire app also provides critical wildfire alerts. Users can sign-up for customized alerts that will send a text or push notification to their device when a CAL FIRE is responding or assisting to a wildfire in their area. Additionally, users can set up alerts for single counties, multiple counties, or statewide. If a user travels or enjoys recreating in forested areas, CAL FIRE has that covered, too! The app lets users enable an alert system to notify them if a wildfire is reported within 30 miles of their device.
To download the app, visit the App Store or the Google Play Store – search for CAL FIRE and install. You are now on your way to becoming Ready for Wildfire. For more resources visit ReadyForWildfire.org.
After you download the free app, the setup is a quick 3 steps! Agree to receive SMS text messages for current updates. You can always do this later if a fire is close or if you are traveling near a fire incident.
Once you are in the App, you can choose from a variety of options based on the CalFire Ready, Set, Go! model. The example sequence below shows what happens if you click Set. You get a list of options to start preparing. If you click on Create a Wildfire Action Plan, the next screen shows you options for checklists. You can then mark the checklist for what you’ve accomplished so far.
In the bottom navigation of the app, you have several options: Fire map, Fire Incidents, Fire News and Video Library. If you are traveling, for example, knowing what the status is of current fires would be helpful.
Or to help you prepare, you will find the Video Library a great resource.