"Be familiar with where you live," counsels Andy Beck, Deputy Director of Emergency Services in Big Canoe. "Too many people in here know only one way to and from their home. Learn more than one route."

"A full evacuation of Big Canoe would be rare. A neighborhood not so rare," says Bill Bates, Director of Emergency Services.

Last year a list of emergency needs in case of a tornado were suggested for residents. Also not a bad idea in case of a fire and evacuation is needed.

Andy suggests keeping a bag in a closet or close to an exit. Make a list in your mind of pictures, important papers and other valuables you would want to take with you. Be ready to retrieve them and put in the car quickly.

Georgia Forestry Commission urges people who live in forested communities to be firewise. The commission suggests the website https://www.firewise.org/ for detailed information on what to do to your home in case of a wildfire.

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