The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Bureau is using the Wetmore fire as a reminder to everyone to have a family emergency plan.
Use this fire as a reason to sit down with your family today and review together how you will contact each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. That plan should include:
- If you lose your home in a wild land fire, maneuvering the insurance claims and disaster recovery centers are much easier if you have copies of birth certificates, titles, deeds, mortgages, drivers licenses, social security cards, property inventories, and more on hand. Have them in one place ready to go - consider storing the documents in a waterproof container in your freezer or in a fire proof box.
- Have a place near your home that everyone is familiar with (a neighbor's mailbox or the stop sign visible from your home) that you can use as a meeting point during a structure fire. Remind everyone to go to that spot if your home is on fire and NEVER to go back into a burning building.
- During wild land fires or weather emergencies things like power or water can be impacted even if you haven't been ordered to evacuate. Pack a kit with water (1 gallon per person per day), non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, etc. Having this stuff set aside will mean one less thing you have to worry about when an emergency is close to home.