- Regularly clean the roof and gutters.
- Maintain an area approximately 30’ away from you home that is free of anything that will burn, such as wood piles, dried leaves, newspapers and other brush.
- Connect garden hoses long enough to reach any area of the home and fill garbage cans, tubs, or other large containers with water.
- Review your homeowner's insurance policy and also prepare/update a list of your home's contents.
- Get a copy of Living with Fire - Homeowners Guide ( Eastern and Western Nebraska editions) by Nebraska Forest Service
- Turn on your TV/radio. You’ll get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
- Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the route to take and have plan of where you will go. Check-in with your friends and family.
- Keep your car fueled, in good condition, and stocked with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
- National Weather Service- North Platte Shawn Jacobs -Incident Meteorologist good source of information during fire season (Mar through Nov)
- Take shorter showers.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Run the washer less frequently and only when you have a full load.
- Water your lawn less frequently and do so when the temperature is cooler in the early morning or late evening.
- When you run the tap to heat or cool water, keep a pitcher to store the water and use it to water plants.
- Avoid washing your car.
Practice fire prevention
- Don't set off fireworks when conditions are dry.
- Deposit cigarette butts in the proper receptacle to avoid starting a fire.
- Pour water over camp fires and backyard fire pits to ensure they are completely out before leaving them unattended.
Follow directions from local officials
- If there are restrictions on water usage, be sure to heed them!