Wildfire emergency preparedness is a topic which cannot be underestimated; especially in the current world where anything is literally possible. Wildfire is a fire that was not planned for that burns in places such as forest, prairie, or grassland, the natural areas. Wildfires may:
- Frequently be occasioned by lightning and humans.
- Be the source of flooding or transport disruption, communications, gas, and power.
- Occur in any place at any time. During times of little rains and high winds, risk increases.
- Be expensive and cost billions of dollars to the government each year.
Wildfire Emergency Preparedness Do’s;
- If told to vacate, do so.
- Call 9-1-1 in case of any emergency, such as being trapped.
- Pay attention to emergency information and alerts.
- Wear a respirator mask to breathe in clean air free from harmful particles.
HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN THERE’S A WILDFIRE THREAT
- Register to get your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
- Be aware of the evacuation plans of your community and find many ways to vacate the area. Find shelter areas in the evacuation roots. Pets and livestock should be catered for too.
- Put together emergency supplies, respirator masks that allow you to breathe particle-free air should be included. Know specific needs for each person, such as updated asthma medication and an action plan. The pets also need to be considered.
- Choose a room that can prevent outside air penetration. Lock all windows and doors. Put in place a portable air cleaner to keep pollution levels low inside the rooms when it gets smoky.
- Important documents should safely be put in a fireproof place. Digital copies should be created and made password protected.
- Materials resistant to fire should be used in making repairs, to build and renovate.
- Have an outside water supply and a hose that can access all of your property.
- Build a fire-resistant place secure from debris, leaves or any flammable materials. Have it at least 30 feet from your house.
- Assess whether the insurance coverage is enough to cover all your property.
- Leave if told to do so by authorities.
- Call 911 if stuck and provide your location, but know that emergency response could be impossible or may take time. If possible turn on lights for easy location of your area by rescuers.
- Pay attention to the alerting systems and updated emergency information and instructions. Listen also to EAS and NOAA Weather Radio.
- Wear a respirator mask to keep the air you breathe free from harmful particles.
- If not told to evacuate but it is smoky, stay inside in a safe area or move to a community’s common building where the smoke level is low.
Be Safe AFTER
- Pay attention to the authorities and know when it is safe to return. Know whether water is safe to drink.
- Watch out for the charred trees, smoldering debris, live embers, and hot ash. Be careful when treading, heat pockets may be contained in the ground that could start another fire or burn you. Look out for pets and livestock.
- Try and reconnect with family and friends through texts or social media. Make only emergency calls. Phone systems tend to be occupied following a disaster.
- Put on a respirator dust mask and wet down debris to avoid inhaling harmful particles.
- Use the photograph to document damaged property. After doing the inventory, contact your insurance company for assistance.
- Take into consideration purchasing flood insurance for the life you’ve built. Wildfires often change the landscape and ground conditions, leading to a high risk of flooding from heavy rains. Ensure financial protection from future flooding disasters.
Wildfire emergency preparedness requires you to have some emergency supply kits, first aid gear and solar powered appliances if your survival is anything to go by.
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