Staying Calm Amidst the Wildfire Chaos: RV Safety Tips


Staying Calm Amidst the Wildfire Chaos: RV Safety Tips

August 30, 2023 02:48 PM

Wildfires can be terrifying, especially if you find yourself in close proximity while traveling in your RV Rental. It is of utmost importance to stay calm and safe during these emergencies. Here's a step-by-step guide on what to do if you ever encounter a wildfire while in your rented motorhome in California.

Step 1: Stay Informed Through Official Sources

The first and most crucial step in wildfire safety for RVers is staying informed. Monitor local news, official websites, and apps for real-time updates on wildfire locations, containment status, and evacuation orders. Use reliable sources like the National Interagency Fire Center or state-specific agencies. Stay updated, so you can make informed decisions.

Step 2: Pack Essentials for Quick Departure

Prepare an emergency kit that's easily accessible. Include essentials like:

  • Important Documents: Ensure you have your identification, RV rental paperwork, insurance documents, license, and any other crucial paperwork in a waterproof bag.
  • Medications and First Aid: Don't forget your prescription medications, a first aid kit, and any necessary medical supplies.
  • Clothing and Bedding: Pack a change of clothes, blankets, and pillows. Include sturdy shoes and protective clothing in case you need to evacuate quickly.
  • Food and Water: Keep non-perishable food items and bottled water for at least 72 hours.
  • Communication Devices: Have a fully charged cell phone, a backup charger, and a two-way radio for communication. Check your coverage area beforehand.
  • Flashlights and Batteries: Include flashlights and extra batteries to maintain visibility during power outages.
  • Fire Extinguisher: Ensure your RV rental is equipped with a functional fire extinguisher.

Step 3: Disconnect Utilities

  • Before evacuating, prepare your motorhome for departure. Expedition Motorhomes recommends the following steps:
  • Turn off propane tanks and all gas appliances.
  • Shut off the main electrical breaker to prevent electrical fires.
  • Disconnect water hoses and sewage connections.
  • Close and latch all windows and vents.

Step 4: Safely Drive Away from Danger

When it's time to leave, follow these guidelines to ensure your safety during evacuation:

  • Plan your escape route in advance. Avoid narrow or winding roads, as they can become congested quickly.
  • Stay low-key: Remove any distinguishing marks from your motorhome to avoid being singled out in a traffic jam.
  • Maintain a safe distance: Keep at least a quarter tank of gas in your RV at all times. Gas stations may be crowded or closed during emergencies.
  • Follow evacuation orders: Don't hesitate to leave when instructed to do so by local authorities. Your safety is the top priority.

Step 5: Communication During Emergencies

Maintaining communication with Expedition Motorhomes is vital for your safety if you have rented your RV from us. Report your location and situation to their emergency hotline if you're in a safe area with cell coverage. Give us a call at (818) 225-8239. Our team can provide guidance, assistance, and updates on your RV rental.

Staying calm during the chaos of a wildfire while in your RV is possible with proper preparation and adherence to safety guidelines.

Expedition Motorhomes prioritizes your safety and recommends these steps to ensure you and your loved ones stay safe during a wildfire emergency. Remember to stay informed, pack essentials, disconnect utilities, drive safely, and maintain communication with Expedition Motorhomes for guidance and support. Your safety is paramount, and by following these steps, you can navigate wildfire-prone areas with confidence and peace of mind.


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