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Experts share emergency preparedness tips after Red Flag Warning issued in SLO, Santa Barbara Counties

Posted at 11:36 AM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 14:37:00-05

With red flag warnings issued across San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counites, the American Red Cross is sharing some preparedness tips.

Wildfires can happen with little or no notice, so officials say its important to think ahead.

For starters, they suggest downloading the emergency preparedness app, which provides severe weather updates.

Next, get a kit with the proper supplies in case of an emergency.

Homeowners can also their house by cleaning out gutters, storing firewood and other combustible materials at least 30 feet from the house, and using fire resistant wood for decks and porches.

Have your address visible from the road for firefighters.

Experts also suggest mapping an emergency route through your neighborhood and practice that often.

Lastly, be ready to evacuate at any time and check for the latest fire updates.

Fire breaks out in Santa Maria Riverbed Monday morning