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Preparing for a wildfire can save your home, your pets, and even your life. After over 900 homes were burned down in last year’s CZU fire. During the fire, Pistol Pete and Maaret Forst sat down with Principal Insurance Agent Dion Vokos to go over best practices for preparing for a wildfire. Watch their video here. One of the #1 things that you should do is make a home inventory video. Doing this will help in case you need to make a claim with your insurance company.


  • Do have an action plan. Your action plan should include an exit and a secondary way out in case of a road closure or flames blocking a door.
  • Do have carriers for your pets easily accessible.
  • Do prepare a go-bag with essential documents, a several day supply of non-perishable food and water, contacts + solution (if you use them), medications, and a change of clothes.
  • Do create a safety barrier around your property.


  • Don’t let yard maintenance fall behind; keep your yard free of waste such as leaves and branches. State farm insurance agent Lauren Foos recommends keeping a defensible space of 75-100 feet away from your home.
  • Don’t forget to turn off anything that uses gas or propane.
  • Don’t forget to move your grill away from the house.
  • Don’t be afraid to call in the pros! Contact your fire department or CAL Fire and ask them to do a walkthrough of your property to see if there’s anything that you can improve upon for fire safety.

Being proactive and prepared for any potential natural disaster is a good practice to have. Doing this can help alleviate any potential anxiety that one might experience during the event. It is also good to check with neighbors to see if they have an action plan as well.

The Madani team and ROOM Real Estate have been helping home buyers and sellers in Santa Cruz County for almost two decades. Equipped with a large team of dedicated agents and staff, ROOM Real Estate works tirelessly to help its clients accomplish their real estate goals. We are here for you; if you have questions about real estate or are interested in buying or selling a property, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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