Wildfires

Wildfires are fires that are usually caused by humans or nature (or a combination of both). Wildfires can have a tremendously negative effect on infrastructure, causing disruptions in services like transportation, gas, power, and communications. Furthermore, wildfires cost the US government billions of dollars annually. Some signs that a wildfire may soon include high winds, little to no rainfall, and low humidity.

Luckily, preparation for a wildfire isn't all that hard. First of all, you can sign up for your community's warning system. You can also sign up for a national level alert system, some of which include the Emergency Alert System (EAS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio. You can also make sure to keep you and your family updated on ways to evacuate if needed. You can also practice evacuating so if the time comes to actually evacuate, you know what you are doing. Always make sure to keep your pets and livestock in mind. Some emergency supplies to note are, but not limited to: food, pet/livestock food, medication, pet/livestock medication, water, flashlights, a radio, an N95 particle mask, and battery packs (for phones). Also make sure to gather all important documents in case of an evacuation and/or store them in a fireproof safe.

During the event of a fire, make sure to gather your family and listen to the directions of law enforcement and other entities. Power may be out, so make sure to gather all your supplies. If instructed to evacuate, follow all directions of law enforcement and make sure to keep yourself updated on the latest news of a fire. Do NOT stay back to help firefighters, as that may endanger the lives of firefighters as well as your own life.