5 Things You Can Do Now to Protect Your Pets During a Wildfire
Taking these precautions now can potentially save your pet’s life in an emergency situation.
List your pet information on your profile in our Community database for emergency responders.
Pack a pet emergency kit. Your pet emergency kit should be easy to pack, but it should also contain all of the essentials you’ll need for a few days. Here are some of the things you should pack:
A pet first-aid kit including medications
The ASPCA recommends you pack three to seven days worth of food for each pet.
Medical records and recent photos for each pet. You can store these on a flash drive if it is easier.
Paper towels, litter boxes, poop bags, garbage bags, or other supplies to clean up after your pets.
Seven days worth of water for each person and pet (replace every two months it goes unused)
Crates, carriers, and bedding.
Extra supplies like leashes, toys, harnesses, collars, food and water bowls, etc.
Update your pet’s microchip and collar identification. Make sure the contact information is accurate, and have an emergency contact number listed in addition to your own, just in case you can’t get to your phone. If your pet gets lost, this is one of your best chances of being reunited with them.
Get a fire alert sticker for your front door. This sticker should let firefighters know how many pets are in your home. If you can’t get to your pet before being evacuated, or if you can’t find them and need to escape right away, the sticker will help emergency responders save your animals.
Get your neighbors’ contact information. If you can’t make it home, designate one of your neighbors as a person you can call to pick up your pets and take them to safety if the worst should happen. Discuss this with them before an emergency occurs. Find a few backup neighbors in case any of them aren’t home.
Wildfire Fuels Mapper Reports
Download your personal Wildfire Fuels Mapper Report to better understand your land, reduce fuels, and protect your community. Visit the Napa County Wildfire Fuel Mapper website today for maps, reports, and information to help reduce wildfire hazard.
Updates to the reports are in progress and that maps will be available for download in mid September.
Apply for Funding to Manage Vegetation on Your Property to Create Defensible Space
We have grant funding to help you afford the cost of managing vegetation to reduce wildfire risk to residential buildings. We are reimbursing residents for 50% of the cost of new qualifying defensible space projects, up to a maximum of $3,500 per property. This cost share reimbursement program is available to Napa County residents in or near High and Very High Fire Hazard Severity zones. Apply today.
Napa Firewise has many active programs available to those residing in Napa County. These projects are designed to mitigate wildfires in Napa County and many include grant funding to help residents make their homes safer.