The National Weather Service has extended the Red Flag Warning through Wednesday evening due to forecasted strong gusty winds and low humidity. Please take the time to prepare you and your loved ones in the event of an emergency.
Stay informed. Listen to the TV/radio broadcasts for current weather and emergency instructions. Sign up for the SD Emergency App. The SD Emergency App contains disaster preparedness information, interactive checklists to help you to create your emergency plan, build an emergency supplies kit, and when disaster strikes; the SD Emergency App will keep you and your family informed with emergency updates, interactive emergency maps, and shelter locations.
If a 4-way intersection traffic signal is temporarily down, motorists should treat it as a 4-way stop.
Please have enough gas in your car in case the power goes out at the gas stations (or if evacuation is needed).
Evacuations save lives and allow responding personnel to focus on the emergency at hand. Please evacuate promptly when requested! Do not wait until the last minute, the roads may have heavy traffic. Blowing embers and debris from the fire may make it hard to see.
Long Before a Fire Threatens, prepare an Evacuation Checklist and organize:
-Important personal papers, photos.
-Pet and livestock transport, limited amount of pet food.
-Change of clothing, toiletries.
-Critical papers and effects in a fire-proof safe.
-An Evacuation Route Map with at least two routes.*
-Drive your planned route of escape before an actual emergency.*
*During an evacuation, law enforcement/ emergency personnel may determine your route.
If an evacuation is called for (and if time permits):
-Locate your Evacuation Checklist and place the items in your vehicle.
-Park your vehicle facing outward and carry your car keys with you.
-Locate your pets and keep them nearby.
-Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures.
-Cover-up. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, heavy shoes/boots, cap, dry bandana for face cover, goggles or glasses. 100% cotton is preferable.
-Leave lights on in the house - door unlocked.
-Leave windows closed - air conditioning off.