Helping Customers Prepare: We Gave a Real Family 10 Minutes to Pack and Evacuate Ahead of a Simulated Emergency. Here’s What They Learned.
PG&E Teams Up with Placer Hills Fire Department for Simulation Drill—Part of National Preparedness Month Public Education Efforts
As part of its public education efforts during National Preparedness Month in September,
In a video released today on PG&E’s Safety Action Center website, the Sierra foothills family is put through a simulated wildfire evacuation to demonstrate how being prepared can help bring calm to the chaos.
“You think you’re ready, but are you? It’s scary,” said
In addition to the new video, PG&E’s Safety Action Center puts valuable resources at your fingertips. You can:
- Take a quiz to find out if you know what to pack in an emergency kit
- Learn how to prepare a kit with six easy steps
- Create an emergency plan
- Learn how to create defensible space around your home
- Watch a special video series: 7 Saturdays to a more fire resistant home
‘This Was Eye-Opening’
For the Childers family, firefighters gave them just 10 minutes to get what they would need, as is often the case in a real evacuation, and leave their home.
“My first instinct was birth certificates, passports, IDs, keys, wallets, because those are the things we’re going to need immediately (if evacuated) to get a hotel, to rebuild. My second initial response was mementos, pictures,” said Justin.
“I’ve never experienced this, I know what I was thinking, but I paused,” said an emotional Michelle, describing the first seconds after the knock at the door. “I got a couple of changes of clothes for each of us, got some snacks that I know the kids would eat, and some mementos.”
While the family did not have go-bags ready during the drill, they grabbed essentials: important documents, changes of clothes and some food.
“I thought they did a really good job,” said Battalion Chief
“I was motionless,” said Michelle, who is an elementary school teacher. “You need to have a go-bag, container with food and water for 72 hours. This was eye-opening.”
“We really appreciate the Childers family and the
How Customers Can Prepare
Here are some simple guidelines to prepare for an emergency.
- Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first-aid supplies and cash. Keep face masks and hand sanitizer in your emergency kit.
- Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep printed copies of emergency numbers.
- Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.
- Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets.
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