The northwest fires this season have been unbearable. Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and of course California have all been states that are greatly affected by these fires with more fires in other states across the U.S. popping up daily. So far this year, more than 7.4 million acres have been burned by wildfires. Firefighters have come from as far away as Australia and New Zealand to battle the blazes across the Pacific Northwest.
In our neck of the woods here in Northern California, Humboldt and Trinity Counties have been severely affected by these wildfires. Homes have been lost, gorgeous acres of hundred year old redwood trees are gone, livestock has perished, crops are destroyed and unfortunately it’s still not contained. The smoke in the area reminds us daily how bad fire season really is. The devastation hits too close to home.
In some areas nature took over, scattering dry lightning storms that has caused most of the destruction. Other areas were not affected by natural causes, but by not knowing the simple precautions to take to avoid a devastation like this, a disaster can happen at any time. http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2015/jul/31/dozens-small-wildfires-burning-humboldt-county-mor/
Everyone hears how important is it to be prepared, but how seriously do you take it? Do you have a plan? Having stored food and water is a priority for survival but what about staying informed when all communication is down? Radio has been a solid form of communication when cellular services were not available in the rural areas affected. Your local radio stations are the most likely sources for up to the minute information on what’s happening and evacuation information that’s critical for survival. This is why the all Hazards CC Radio 2 E is a necessity to have on hand during any emergency.
Here are a few great tips to help avoid the start of wildfires:
• Design and landscape your home with wildfire safety in mind. Select materials and plants that can help contain fire rather than fuel it.
• Regularly clean roof and gutters.
• Inspect chimneys at least twice a year and clean them at least once a year.
• Install a dual-sensor smoke alarm on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms; test monthly and change the batteries at least once each year.
• Teach each family member how to use a fire extinguisher (ABC type) and show them where it’s kept.
• Clear items that will burn from around the house, including wood piles, lawn furniture, barbecue grills, tarp coverings, etc. Move them outside of your defensible space.
• Identify and maintain an adequate outside water source such as a small pond, cistern, well, swimming pool, or hydrant.
• Have a garden hose that is long enough to reach any area of the home and other structures on the property.
Find more useful tips to help you before, during and after a fire by clicking here: http://www.ready.gov/wildfires .
No matter what the emergency is whether they are fires, snowstorms, floods, hurricanes, landslides, or earthquakes – any natural disaster, we encourage you to check your kit and plan and if you don’t have one, make one. http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/foodwater/prepare.asp
Let us help you start your emergency kit. Comment on our blog with the necessities you’ll need for your survival emergency kit for you and your family members. What do you want the closest members of your family to have to stay safe? One winner will have the choice of either the CC Solar Observer AM/FM/Weather Windup Emergency Radio or the CC Skywave AM/FM/Shortwave/ Weather with Aviation Portable Travel Radio in addition to the Power Vivid Pocket Flashlight and the Unit Plus LED Flashlight. One entry per person. Drawing will be held September 15th.
Congratulations to the blog post winner Emma for commenting on our post Preparations for All Hazards! You have your choice of the CC Solar Observer AM/FM/Weather Windup Emergency Radio or the CC Skywave AM/FM/Shortwave/ Weather with Aviation Portable Travel Radio. Congratulations and thanks to all who participated!