Wisconsin Emergency Management

Be Informed

Find out what kinds of disasters, both natural and man-made, are most likely to occur in your area and how you will be notified. Methods of getting your attention vary from community to community.

One common method is to broadcast via emergency radio and TV broadcasts. You might hear a special siren, or get a telephone call, or emergency workers may go door-to-door.

Prepare for a Wildfire

Wildfire
Listed here are several suggestions that you can implement immediately. Others need to be considered at the time of construction or remodeling. You should also contact your local fire department, forestry office, emergency management office or building department for information about local fire laws, building codes and protection measures. Obtain local building codes and weed abatement ordinances for structures built near wooded areas.

Find Out What Your Fire Risk Is

Learn about the history of wildfire in your area. Be aware of recent weather. A long period without rain increases the risk of wildfire. Consider having a professional inspect your property and offer recommendations for reducing the wildfire risk. Determine your community's ability to respond to wildfire. Are roads leading to your property clearly marked? Are the roads wide enough to allow firefighting equipment to get through? Is your house number visible from the roadside?

Learn and teach safe fire practices.

Always be ready for an emergency evacuation.

Create Safety Zones Around Your Home

Create a 30-foot safety zone around the house.

Create a second zone at least 100 feet around the house.

Clear all combustibles within 30 feet of any structure.

Protect Your Home

Remove debris from under sun decks and porches.

Enclose eaves and overhangs.

Cover house vents with wire mesh

Install spark arrestors in chimneys and stovepipes.

Use fire resistant siding.

Choose safety glass for windows and sliding glass doors.

Prepare for water storage: develop an external water supply such as a small pond, well or pool.

Other safety measures to consider at the time of construction or remodeling.

What to do before a wildfire        What to do during a wildfire

ReadyWisconsin is an initiative of Wisconsin Emergency Management designed to educate and empower Wisconsinites to prepare for
and respond to all kinds of emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

Wisconsin Emergency Management
2400 Wright St.
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608.242.3000     Fax: 608.242.3247