7 Ways to Prepare for a Disaster

Disasters usually occur suddenly and without warning.They range from natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes to manmade disasters like explosions or biological weapons. Disasters can lead to panic and confusion. It’s a good idea to think about what to do in these situations before they happen and put a plan into effect. Ask the questions and make sure you and your loved one’s have the same answers. As September is national preparedness month, here are seven ways to plan for a disaster should it ever happen to you.
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1. Try to think of the possibilities and create a solution. Make a plan now before you need it. Talk about it and practice it with your loved ones.

2. Have one point person that everyone should try to contact. This makes it easier to communicate and eliminates confusion. Pick someone who lives out of town so they are more likely to be removed from the disaster situation.

3. Try to text instead of call. Phone lines can get tied up when a disaster happens and this helps to keep them free for emergency workers.

4. In case of a fire, make an escape plan that includes more than one way out of every room. Practice your fire escape plan twice a year.

5.Pick a meeting place near your home and make sure everyone knows where it is. Practice meeting there together.

6. In case you can’t get home, choose another place outside of your neighborhood to meet. Practice getting there from the places you frequent most often.

7. Keep the contact information and meeting place of your family on hand. Put it in your wallet, cell phone or backpack.

Practicing your disaster plan is important. It helps to form a habit so if a disaster does happen there’s no need to panic. It will come to you automatically. Disasters can happen at any time and often when you least expect it. You can never be too prepared. Go to ready.gov for more information on disaster preparedness.

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Smokey the Bear Celebrates 70 years in Fire Prevention #SmokeyBday

It is summer. Currently, as I write this post, there is atleast one fire burning wildly in the state of California. I love the state of California and am always open to helping prevent problems that might effect the state negatively. Did you know Smokey the Bear is turning 70 this week. That is 70 years of encouraging fire safety and personal activation on how every individual can do their part in preventing forest fires.

When it comes to fires most of us have no intention of setting in motion the forces which could burn hundreds of homes, millions of acres of forest. Just one spark can affect thousands of lives. It is a sobering fact that each year we learn devastating wildfires are caused by careless behavior that could be prevented.

Facts of fires in the US can be hard to hear. In 2011, there were 10,249 wildfires caused by lightning, but 63,877 wildfires caused by human error (as reported to the National Interagency Fire Center). That is a big deal and a big difference in numbers. In that same year more than 8.7 million acres burned due to wildfires in the U.S. More than half of that, 5.4 million acres, burned due to human-caused wildfires.

It is more than a campfire that could start a wildfire. Common ways can unintentionally start a wildfire. Unattended debris burning, poorly maintained
equipment fires such as from lawnmowers, ATVs, power equipment, smoking, fireworks and even carelessly discarding fireplace or BBQ ashes can be a cause to human cause flames running wild.

Join us as we share more fire tips on twitter tomorrow as we celebrate 70 years of fire prevention with Smokey the Bear.

 

Smokey Bear is celebrating his 70th Birthday! We are throwing him a twitter party to help raise awareness about fire safety.

You can celebrate with us 70 Years of Fire Prevention

This Wednesday from 2-3pm EST on Twitter
We would love to see You!!!!! Follow along on the #SmokeyBDay hashtag

 

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