How to Use this Toolkit
The Wildfire Safety Social Media Toolkit has safety and preparedness messages you can share on your social media channels. You can either copy these messages directly or customize them to reach your audience.
What You Should Know about Wildfire
- Know what to do before, during, and after a wildfire.
- Learn your evacuation routes and plan to evacuate if advised by local authorities.
- Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
- Check your insurance policies to ensure you have enough coverage.
- Create a communications plan with your family.
- Listen to local officials.
Graphics & Outreach Materials
For more engaging content, attach graphics to social media posts. Below is a collection of graphics you can share with the below text.
- Wildfire Safety Graphics (link)
- National Weather Service Weather Ready Nation Spring Safety Outreach Materials (link)
- Smokey Bear website (link)
- National Fire Protection Association Firewise (link)
- #WildfirePrepDay – use to promote the National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (link)
- Before a #wildfire place critical documents in a fire safe #WildfireSafety
- Safeguard documents before a wildfire. Learn more at http://www.community.fema.gov/action/safeguard-documents #WildfireSafety
- Store supplies now so you can grab them quickly if you need to evacuate. www.ready.gov/build-a-kit #WildfireSafety
- Take time to make a list of the things you would need or want to take with you if you had to leave your home quickly.
- Learn what to do before, during, and after a #Wildfire by visiting www.ready.gov/wildfires #WildfireSafety
- Keep track of fires near your community with: https://fsapps.nwcg.gov/afm/index.php @smokey_bear #WildfireSafety
- Learn about your wildfire risk from your local fire or forestry department #WildfireSafety
- Wildfires give very little warning & spread rapidly! Use this guide to get prepared. http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/98111 #WildfireSafety
- Never too early to start preparing your home & family for a #wildfire www.ready.gov/wildfires #WildfireSafety
- Photo ID, proof of address and medical records are a few items that need to be protected before a wildfire hits. Use the “Protect Your Critical Documents and Valuables” checklist to take an inventory of other items: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/94715 #WildfireSafety
- Wildfires in your area may cause power outages and contaminate your drinking water, even if the fire does not actually reach your home. Have emergency provisions in place before a wildfire strikes!
Alerts & Warnings
- Sign up to receive text or e-mail alerts about emergencies like wildfire from your local Office of Emergency Management #WildfireSafety
- Timely information on #wildfires can save your life & property. Learn about alerts & warnings: https://www.fema.gov/integrated-public-alert-warning-system #WildfireSafety
- .@NWS issues a Fire Weather Watch when potentially dangerous fire weather conditions are possible over the next 12 to 72 hours. #WildfireSafety
- .@NWS issues a Fire Weather/Red Flag Warning when #wildfire conditions occur or are expected to occur within 24 hours #WildfireSafety
Protect Your Property
- Prepare for a #wildfire by maintaining your lawn and removing combustible debris from around your home #WildfireSafety
- Protect yourself & your property! @NFPA says create 3 zones of defensible space: http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Wildfire/Firewise-USA/The-ember-threat-and-the-home-ignition-zone #WildfireSafety
- Use fire resistant materials for construction, renovation, & landscaping to protect your property from a wildfire #WildfireSafety
- #WildfireSafety Tip: Don’t use anything (i.e. lawn mowers) that may create sparks outside on dry, windy days #WildfireSafety
- Clear area near your home of leaves, dead vegetation & other combustible debris to reduce sources of fuel #WildfireSafety
- Protect Your Property: Create three zones of defensible space around your home or business. Defensible space should be up to 200 feet from a structure. #WildfireSafety
- Evacuation Tip: Roll up car windows & close air vents b/c smoke from a fire can irritate your eyes & respiratory system #WildfireSafety
- Adults and children with conditions such as asthma might need to evacuate long before the fire reaches your community as smoke can extend far beyond the boundaries of a wildfire. #WildfireSafety
- Remember the Five Ps of Evacuation: People, Prescriptions, Papers, Personal Needs, and Priceless Items. Learn more here: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/98111 #WidlfireSafety
- Be prepared to evacuate if a #wildfire occurs by knowing your family’s evacuation plan. Tip: Plan several escape routes away from your home by car and by foot.
- Late decisions to evacuate can lead to #wildfire fatalities. Pack emergency supplies so you’re ready to GO! https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/90354 #WildfireSafety
- Know and practice your evacuation plan before a #wildfire #WildfireSafety
- When an evacuation notice is issued for a #wildfire, take prompt action to maximize survival chances #WildfireSafety
- Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, do an Internet search with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.” #WildfireSafety
- Your family may not be together when a #wildfire occurs. Make plans today for how to stay in touch https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/94715 #WildfireSafety
- Set up group text lists so you can communicate with several people at the same time during emergencies. #WildfireSafety
- Make & share your family’s #wildfire emergency plan! Tips: www.ready.gov/wildfires #WildfireSafety
- Talk to your neighbors about #Wildfire Safety. Plan how the neighborhood could work together before and after a wildfire. #WildfireSafety
- Talk with your kids about making an emergency plan: https://www.ready.gov/kids/know-the-facts/wildfires #WildfireSafety
- Cellular networks may be congested after a wildfire, but text messages may get through. Teach loved ones how to TEXT #WildfireSafety
- Plan Today: Use these 3 easy steps to make your family communications plan https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/94715 #WildfireSafety
After a Wildfire
- If your home was damaged by a #wildfire, don’t re-enter until it is inspected by qualified professionals. Learn more wildfire safety tips at www.ready.gov/wildfires #WildfireSafety
- If you evacuated the area due to a #wildfire, wait for public officials to say it’s safe before returning #WildfireSafety
- After a #wildfire, the ground may contain heat pockets from burning roots that can injure you or spark another fire. #WildfireSafety