Jan. 11, 2022 – Just days before New Year’s Day, the people of Boulder, CO, were confronted with a terrifying scene: a raging fire, something unprecedented in history. The fire season was a real season, but with climate change, there is no more. It happens all year round.
As a result, about 600 homes were burned, due to heavy rainfall and winds that hit 100 miles per hour. A few were ready to pack up and move out by the end of December, but that is exactly what thousands of people had to do.
The same thing happened a few weeks ago in Kentucky, when a severe typhoon hit some 200 miles[200 km]of towns and villages. As the events of the worst weather change from normal events to abnormalities, no one is safe. But you can plan for the worst.
Christine McMorrow, chief communications officer at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CAL Fire, says that the first step is to identify the dangers that lie near you.
He said: “No matter where you live, there are always year-round disasters and disturbances that could keep you out of your home.
In CAL Fire, as the name implies, the focus is on wildfires, but McMorrow says the agency has the expertise to deal with many challenges.
“For example, if you live near a burned-out area, the soil is still not warm,” he explains. “If it rains a lot, there could be flooding and rubbish.”
McMorrow says CAL Fire encourages everyone to be ready to escape, no matter what.
“It could be fire, flood, wind, or snow,” he says. If you have a plan, you will be stable and know that you will have everything you need with your goods if you go.
Make a Schedule
Preparing for a possible escape should be a family affair, says McMorrow, which includes all ages.
“If there are elderly people in the house who can walk slowly, or if you have a lot of pets or large pets, consider that,” he says. “In the meantime, listen to the warnings and notices and realize that you may need to leave more than others.”
Your system should have a meeting place outside the house and a dangerous area. Also, be aware of escape routes in your area – some may be crowded with people trying to escape at the same time. Try and pass through the hallways and meeting places with everyone in the house. This should include a plan to take care of your pets, too.
“Practice this exercise with your family, especially if you have young children,” says McMorrow. “Exit the test so that everyone is prepared when needed.”
Afterwards, make sure you have a means of communication to reach a friend or relative who lives elsewhere. He can be your imaginative person and share information with your family and loved ones, avoiding flooding the internet and the internet in the event of a disaster.
Carry a Tote Bag
One of the most important steps you can take to prepare for the transfer is to have a travel bag full of preparations. This should include emergency equipment for everyone in your family – mixing non-perishable foods with water, medications and instructions, magalasi or my lens, first aid kits, a flashlight, a change of clothes, and copies of valuable documents such as passports, birth certificates, and so on.
If you have more time, add family photos and other items that you can’t replace, along with your phone chargers, laptops, and other gadgets.
In all, you should be prepared to have enough stuff to last in three days, says McMorrow. “This gives you time to reconnect, think about what you can do, and meet your needs right now,” he says.
On Ready.gov, a government-created page, officials have made a list follow in the preparation of the destination bag. In addition to the above, they include:
- Battery-operated or hand-operated radio by NOAA Weather Radio with voice warning
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to show help)
- Dust mask (to help filter air)
- Plastic sheets and adhesive tape (hiding place)
- Wet fasteners, garbage bags, and plastic (sanitary) towers
- Wrench or pliers (extinguishing equipment)
- Handcuff (food)
- Map of the area
In the years of COVID-19, the CDC, too, is promoting many aspects of your survival equipment, as it should:
- Masks (for anyone 2 years of age or older), soap, hand sanitizer, and towels
- Prescribed drug. Prepare and protect your medications, prescription drugs, and vitamins.
- Drugs not prescribed as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea drugs, antacids, or strong laxatives
- Baby food, bottles, diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Cash or travel checks
- Important family documents such as insurance copies, identification, and bank accounts stored online or in a waterproof, portable container.
- A sleeping bag or blanket for everyone
- The perfect change of outfit for your season, and sturdy shoes
- Fire extinguisher
- Same in a waterproof container
- Feminine items and hygiene items
- Destructive tools, paper cups, plates, paper towels, and plastic utensils
- Paper and pencil (markers do not work in the rainy season).
- Books, games, puzzles, or other children’s activities
Warning vs. Order
In most cases of natural disasters, the emergency services will first issue emergency evacuations, before moving on to the necessary evacuation plan. You need to know in advance how to use it.
“This is a personal decision,” says McMorrow. “The purpose of the warning is to plan – put your bag in the car, collect your pets, and use your communication system.”
But if you live in a remote area, such as the only two-way street, you might want to move if there is a warning. The same goes for your home – with relatives traveling slowly or with large pets, consider getting out sooner rather than later.
To receive alerts and orders, you must register to receive them from your local emergency department, state, and government. The exact sources of this information will vary, depending on where you live. In California, for example, the local sheriff’s office will provide notices, but in some cases, it may be governmental.
The notifications may come in the form of “reverse 911” calls. Check with local radio and television, if you can.
In addition: “We encourage you to sign up to follow the offices on television,” says McMorrow. “We put accurate information on all of our social media accounts.”
To make your preparations easier, CAL Fire has compiled a list of six “Ps “s in case you move: People and pets; papers, phone numbers, and important documents; instructions, vitamins, and glasses; immutable photos and memories; hard drives and computer disks; and “plastic” in the form of credit cards and ATM cards.
“It is important to plan ahead and get out as soon as possible,” says McMorrow. When you are scared, your brain will not think clearly. ”