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May: National Wildfire Awareness Month

WildFires Can Disrupt Life, Cause Damage And Knock Out Power-- Are You Prepared? 

Depending on where you live, May is a bit of a transition month. If you enjoy a climate with seasons, it typically means warmer weather, melting snow, maybe thunderstorms, spring showers and of course, wind. It’s the wind that drives wildfires as carless folks and lightning strikes ignite fires that turn into powerful forest fires and actual naturally occurring wildfires.    

The folks at Ready.Gov have some tips for homeowners and businesses on how to learn more about wildfires, what you can do to minimize their impacts and plan for the event of an out-of-control fire.mike-newbry-_AwSiaesk40-unsplash-(Custom).jpg

What You Should Know about Wildfire

  • Know what to do before, during, and after a wildfire.
  • Learn your evacuation routes and plan to evacuate if advised by local authorities.
  • Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
  • Create a communications plan with your family and co-workers.
  • Listen to local officials.
  • Store supplies now so you can grab them quickly if you need to evacuate.

Fire Doesn’t Have To Be Close To Disrupt Life/Business

Fires don’t have to burn your home or business down to cause havoc. A fire or even a windstorm, 5 to 10 miles away might cause a power line to topple over or the utility might cut power to everybody in the region to avoid starting a fire with downed power lines. That’s when a backup plan is essential. A standby generator can power your business and keep you on pace to hit your goals even if a distant fire causes an outage.

Most municipalities have backup power in the form of an industrial generator on services such as water treatment plants, but a power outage will also compromise drinking water if your local leaders have the correct precautions in place.

Plan Ahead

  • Before a wildfire, place critical documents in a fire safe or valuable data on a server or hard drive.
  • Store supplies now so you can grab them quickly if you need to evacuate. 
  • Take time to make a list of the things you would need or want to take with you if you had to leave your home or office quickly.
  • Learn about your wildfire risk from your local fire or forestry department.
  • It’s never too early to start preparing your home, family or team for the event of a fire.
  • Have emergency provisions in place before a wildfire strikes! Water, extra clothing etc.

Alerts & Warnings

  • Sign up to receive text or e-mail alerts about emergencies like wildfire from your local Office of Emergency Management.
  • Timely information on wildfires can save your life & property. Learn about alerts & warnings.
  • The National Weather Service issues a Fire Weather Watch when potentially dangerous fire weather conditions are possible over the next 12 to 72 hours.
  • The NWS also issues Fire Weather/Red Flag Warning when wildfire conditions occur or are expected to occur within 24 hours.

Brian La Rue | 5/20/2024 4:30:55 PM | 0 comments
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