A new program is getting residents fire ready. The Texas Forest Service is promoting the Ready, Set, Go program to help residents have a wildfire plan.
The Texas Forest Service wants you to have a personal wildfire action plan so that in the case of an emergency you are ready set to go.
Joe Kozlowski, Interface Specialist with Texas Forest Service, said, "The goal with having a plan is to get people out safely because ultimately life safety is the most important thing. We can't replace lives, but we can rebuild property."
Under the Ready, Set, Go program, started by the International Association of Fire Chief's, residents can learn how to be and stay prepared.
"It's a tremendous program to empower the home owner and individuals in how to prepare their family and to best prepare their home." Kozlowski added, "It gives your home the best chance to survive a wildfire, and also prepare the family when to get out safely."
Developing a wildfire plan can better protect your home. "Not only do you need to be prepared to get out safely, but there's a lot of things you can do to be prepared ahead of time."
Kozlowski said adjusting landscaping around your home, like keeping all grasses trimmed can help prevent a fire from spreading. Also, during a wildfire close any windows so embers do not get in your home.
Following the steps of program can save your life and your home. "Nothing will stop a wildfire from spreading into a community or from home to home." Kozlowski added, "Home owners and residents need to be prepared like any other emergency."
Different county or city emergency agencies can sign up for the Ready, Set, Go program then pass the information to residents. If you would like to learn more about the program click here.