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How do you know when it's time to get out?

We are committed to keeping you informed in an emergency.

Stay tuned to local TV and radio stations.

Watch this web site for updates.

Please do not call the fire station directly. We'll need to keep the phone lines free to respond to the emergency and to update local TV and radio stations.

Make a wildfire evacuation plan

During the Hayman Fire of 2002, many people in Teller County lost their only copies of deeds and insurance records. The elderly, and the chronically ill, often evacuated without prescription medications or home oxygen supplies.

A lot of that chaos could have been prevented if every family had made a disaster plan ahead of time.

We can’t give you a ready-made plan, because every family has different needs and priorities. But, in general, most evacuation plans describe these things:

  • How to get out
  • How to communicate
  • What to take with you
  • What if you’re not at home

How to get out

Plan at least two routes out of Black Forest, so you can use the safest one. If there is only one way out of your neighborhood, plan to evacuate early before fire or smoke can cut off that path.

By getting out early, you also free up the roads for emergency vehicles.

How to communicate

Ask friends in town to serve as contact points for family members who are at school or work. Tell your schools that these people are allowed to pick up your children, if necessary.

Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to be a contact point. If local phone lines are jammed, long-distance lines may be available.

Once you have named your contact points, make sure that everyone in your family carries their phone numbers and addresses.

What to take with you

List the things you will need if you are out of your home for several days. Also list valuables and irreplaceable mementoes. Here are some suggestions:

  • Pets and livestock
  • Cash, credit cards, and identification
  • Prescription medications in original bottles
  • Supplies for infants, the elderly, or those with special medical needs
  • Eyeglasses, contact lenses
  • Financial and insurance records
  • Family photos and address books
  • Computer backup disks
  • Jewelry and heirlooms
  • Cell phone and charger
  • A special toy to comfort a child
  • Clothing

Note where every item is. You can save time by listing the items to gather from each room. But take the most important things first, such as medical supplies and financial records.

Plan to take only what you can carry in one trip. If your neighborhood is being evacuated, you won’t be allowed back in after you leave.

What if you’re not at home?

Think of ways to protect some of your property if you’re not home when your neighborhood is evacuated.

  • Keep copies of your prescription numbers in your wallet

  • Keep your most important papers in a bank safe deposit box

  • Use fire-resistant boxes to store papers and computer disks that must stay in your home

  • Store a set of computer backup disks at work, or a friend’s home outside the Forest

  • Exchange plans and keys with neighbors you trust 

By choosing to live in Black Forest, you have already decided to make a wildfire evacuation plan. The only question is how you will do it.

You can make it up suddenly, in the stress-filled hour before you must evacuate. Or you can refine your plan over several calm family meetings. Your household, and our community, will be stronger if you start your plan today.