Public Health Emergency Preparedness

How to Prepare for a Wildfire

Wildfires occur frequently in Mariposa County. To be properly prepared we recommend that you do the following:

  • Decrease the amount of fuel surrounding your house.
    • Make sure there is no fire fuel/debris (e.g. stacked firewood, gasoline) within 60 feet of your home.
  • Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan
    • Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke.
    • Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly, and that security bars can be properly opened.
    • Practice the Fire Escape Plan once per year.
  • Smoke Alarms
    • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
    • Replace batteries in battery-powered and hard-wired smoke alarms at least once a year (except non-replaceable 10-year lithium batteries).
    • Replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 8 to 10 years or according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Make digital copies of valuable documents and records like birth certificates.
  • Create a photo log of all of your valuable possessions. This is for insurance purposes.

View a video that has tips on how to prepare for a wildfire.

How to Prepare for a Flood

Flooding occur frequently in Mariposa County. To be properly prepared we recommend that you do the following:

  • Know your flood risk
    • To check your flood risk, enter your address at
    • FEMA Portal
  • Know your evacuation routes; plan your transportation and a place to stay.
  • Practice how you will communicate with family members.
  • Store supplies so you can grab them quickly if you need to evacuate; know in advance what else you will need to take.
  • Store the important documents you will need to start your recovery.
  • Make digital copies of valuable documents and records like birth certificates.

View a video that has tips on how to prepare for a flood incident.

How to Prepare for a Power Outage

Power outages have been known to occur in Mariposa County. To be properly prepared we recommend that you do the following:

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, which should include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Charge cell phones and any battery powered devices.
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full-gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
  • If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device determine a back-up plan.

View a video that has tips on how to prepare for a power outage.

How to prepare for a wildfire

Wildfires occur frequently in Mariposa County. To be properly prepared we recommend that you do the following:

  • Decrease the amount of fuel surrounding your house.
    • Make sure there is no fire fuel/debris (e.g. stacked firewood, gasoline) within 60 feet of your home.
  • Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan
    • Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke.
    • Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly, and that security bars can be properly opened.
    • Practice the Fire Escape Plan once per year.
  • Smoke Alarms
    • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
    • Replace batteries in battery-powered and hard-wired smoke alarms at least once a year (except non-replaceable 10-year lithium batteries).
    • Replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 8 to 10 years or according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Make digital copies of valuable documents and records like birth certificates.
  • Create a photo log of all of your valuable possessions. This is for insurance purposes.

The video below also has tips on how to prepare for a wildfire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0RW9mAipaE

How to prepare for a flood

Flooding occur frequently in Mariposa County. To be properly prepared we recommend that you do the following:

  • Know your flood risk
  • Know your evacuation routes; plan your transportation and a place to stay.
  • Practice how you will communicate with family members.
  • Store supplies so you can grab them quickly if you need to evacuate; know in advance what else you will need to take.
  • Store the important documents you will need to start your recovery.
  • Make digital copies of valuable documents and records like birth certificates.

The video below also has tips on how to prepare for a flood incident.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6XLRu-bloc

How to prepare for a power outage

Power outages have been known to occur in Mariposa County. To be properly prepared we recommend that you do the following:

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, which should include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Charge cell phones and any battery powered devices.
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full-gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
  • If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device determine a back-up plan.

The video below also has tips on how to prepare for a power outage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNa3BLaqTqo