Cape Town Urges Residents to Prepare for Evacuation Amid Ongoing Fires

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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Cape Town Urges Residents to Prepare for Evacuation Amid Ongoing Fires

As fires continue to engulf a significant portion of the Cape Peninsula, including areas such as Cape Point, Simon’s Town, Fishhoek, Glencairn, Evergreen Estate, and Stonehaven Estate, the City of Cape Town’s disaster risk management teams are issuing urgent warnings to residents in affected areas. The fire, which ignited near Cape Point earlier this week, has persisted for over 72 hours, prompting concerns about the unpredictable nature of the situation.

While there have been no major reports of property damage or injuries so far, authorities are emphasizing preparedness for potential evacuations. Pet owners are specifically advised to secure alternative accommodations for their animals. Sonica Lategan, the spokesperson for the city’s disaster management, stressed the importance of residents being on standby and packing essential items in a ‘go’ bag in case evacuation becomes necessary.

The recommended items for the ‘go’ bag include prescription medications and eyeglasses, crucial documents, a cellphone with a charger, a change of clothing, personal hygiene items, and infant formula for households with young children. Additionally, residents are reminded to make alternative shelter arrangements for their pets if required.

The situation remains dynamic, and the city’s disaster management teams are closely monitoring developments. Residents are urged to stay informed through official channels and to follow evacuation instructions promptly. The city is prioritizing the safety and well-being of its residents, and updates will be provided as the situation unfolds.

For further information and assistance, residents can contact the City of Cape Town’s disaster management hotline at [insert hotline number]. The city appreciates the cooperation of its residents in these challenging times and emphasizes the importance of collective readiness and resilience in the face of natural disasters.


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