According to the Washington State Department of Health, there are several things you should do before there is even a potential fire. These include knowing an escape route from your home, making a plan for your pets and livestock, storing copies of records and lists, photos or videotapes of valuable items in a safety deposit box, and talking with neighbors about wildfire safety. It is also important to identify an out-of-state contact the entire family will be able to contact if separated.

It is also recommended that you prepare easy-to-carry grab bags for everyone in your family. These bags should have enough supplies for 72 hours for all family members. Some of the items your bag should contain are any needed medications, food, water, clothing, a sleeping bag or blanket, a list of names and phone numbers to contact, battery-powered radio or television. Toys, puzzles, games or books are also helpful to keep you preoccupied.

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