Prepare for Wildfire – 5 Things Every Nevadan Can Do
This list was compiled with peer reviewed resources developed by the University of Nevada, Reno Extension’s Living With Fire Program in cooperation with Nevada Climate Initiative as a part of the Nevada Climate Series. Learn more from their resources below.
Click here to review the full list from the University of Nevada, Reno Extension’s Living With Fire Program
Register for emergency notifications in your county
Register through your county’s local emergency notification system to receive calls, texts and/or emails about wildfires and other emergencies. Registering increases the likelihood that residents will receive these urgent notifications. Click here to find your counties emergency notification system.
“Harden your home” from wildfire
Make your home more ignition resistant by retrofitting existing components of your home to withstand wildfire. One tip is
to cover your home’s attic and crawlspace vents with 1/8-inch noncombustible corrosion-resistant metal mesh screening to reduce the chance that embers will enter your home and ignite it from within.
Prepare for wildfire smoke
Fine particulate matter in smoke can irritate your eyes and lungs, cause bronchitis, worsen chronic lung or heart conditions and even suppress one’s immune response, making it harder to fight off viruses and bacteria. Protect yourself during smoke events by monitoring air quality, staying safe indoors and wearing a NIOSH N95 or P100 mask if you must be outside. If you have underlying medical conditions, consult your doctor and make a plan.