In an area of the country that normally gets over 12 inches of rain between July and September, residents may not anticipate wildfires to be a threat.1 However, when East Tennessee experienced a months-long drought in the fall of 2016, a wildfire that began in the Great Smoky Mountains damaged or destroyed many homes in the area.
Unpredicted high-speed winds accelerated the Gatlinburg wildfire's spread, and the wildfire soon burned and damaged around 2,400 homes and buildings across the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area.2
While people often think of the Western states as more likely to have wildfires, they occur across the U.S. every year. Even places that generally have regular rain and predictable relative humidity levels such as Gatlinburg and Alligator Alley in Florida, recently experienced devastating wildfires.3
How to Protect Your Family and Home
Because anything can happen, and weather conditions can be unpredictable, the best way to protect your family and home in case of fire is to be prepared. When there is a wildfire or a disaster in your area, the best thing you and your family can do is evacuate the area as advised. here are some tips to keep you and your family safe.
Have alert notifications on your phone so you are prepared for any sudden emergency evacuations in your area. The FEMA App will send you real time alerts as well as emergency shelters and disaster recovery centers for the evacuation you have been alerted for.
Keep an emergency bag in your car or a location of your home that you can grab quickly.
Having an evacuation plan for your family, including a fire escape plan, is important for several situations, especially when it comes to emergency evacuation. Discuss with your family where you would go in the event of an emergency evacuation just in case you are not all together during the evacuation. Create a meeting place outside of the evacuated area. Perhaps you have relatives or friends that you go stay with. Have several locations as back up plans in case some are not accessible.
Don’t rely solely on an emergency evacuation alert. You never know when or where a fire might start and how quickly it may spread. It’s important to make sure every smoke detector in your home works.
It's also important to have the right home insurance coverage for possible fire damage. It may seem unnecessary most of the year, but when unexpected events or weather conditions happen, you'll be thankful to have a helpful insurance agent by your side.
Peace of Mind with HomeFirst Agency®
When you choose to protect your mobile home investment with a mobile home insurance policy offered by HomeFirst®, you automatically get broad coverage, which includes fire! You can rest assured that besides getting coverage for fire damage, there are additional perils that are also covered by your manufactured home insurance policy purchased through HomeFirst®.