Health & Safety

June 28, 2013

Preparing to survive Wildfire Season, cont.

During the recent devastating wildfires that destroyed thousands of acres of land and displaced even more families, a common thread connecting the survivors was “if I had known this was going to happen I would have done….”

Keeping this in mind, here are some actions to consider when confronted with a major catastrophe involving fire.

If response officials have given the order to evacuate, do so immediately. Ensure your home is locked and choose a route that takes you away from the fire hazard; this can be done by watching for changes in the speed and direction of the fire and smoke. Also, inform friends and family members that you will be leaving and maintain a means of contact so they can stay informed of your situation while en route to a designated safe haven.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends the following precautionary measures in the event of a wildfire.

• Arrange temporary housing at a friend’s or relative’s home outside the threatened area in case you need to evacuate

• If within the range-of-fire, wear protective clothing such as sturdy shoes, cotton or woolen long pants, long-sleeved shirt, heavy-duty gloves and a handkerchief to minimize smoke inhalation

• Close all entryways, inside and outside, to reduce radiated heat and to minimize drafts

• Shut off natural gas, propane or fuel oil supplies at the source to reduce the chance of ignition

• Time permitting, fill any pools, hot tubs, garbage cans, tubs or other large containers with water

• Place lawn sprinklers to saturate the roof and near above-ground fuel tanks with water

• Disconnect automatic garage door openers so doors can be opened by hand if the power goes out

• Place valuable papers, mementos and anything “you can’t live without” inside the car for a quick departure

• Turn on outside lights and leave a light on in every room to make the house more visible through heavy smoke.

Southern California residents, have taken steps to reduce their wildfire risk. Using proven principles for wildfire safety, a total of 61 communities have participated for several years in the national Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program. This program, emphasizes community involvement and helps residents learn how to do their part to keep their homes and property safer from wildfires.

Look around and see how much of this you can accomplish and ensure all family members are aware of what needs to be done and make plans to execute as best as possible. This fire season is going to be a long one, so let us get through it safely by being involved and prepared.

Always keep in mind that if you see a wildfire, immediately dial 9-1-1; do not assume that someone else has already called. Describe the location of the fire, speak slowly and clearly and answer the dispatcher’s questions.

For more information on how to prepare for fire-related disasters, visit the following informative websites:

- FEMA at www.fema.gov

- United States Fire Administration at http://www.usfa.fema.gov.

- Firewise communities at http://www.firewise.org/

- National Fire Protection Agency at http://www.nfpa.org

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
breast-cancer-awareness

A story of survival and resilience

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — On April 16, 2007, I got a call no expecting mother would dream of receiving. “We got the results from your biopsy and it came back malignant.” Did the doctor just say I had cancer? I fi...
 
 

UltimateMe to help military families get healthier

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) is working with the Sharecare team to support the launch of UltimateMe, a secure, personalized online wellness platform to help members of the military community assess, manage and improve their health and performance. The new platform expands the access to wellness programs and resources for service members and...
 
 
U. S. Air Force artwork

Hundreds in 452nd held as POWs in WWII

U. S. Air Force artwork Depiction of a crippled B-17 settled on the ground. (Tenth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) More than 750 men from the 452nd Bombardment Group were shot down in B-17 Flying ...
 

 
Nuke-Medal-graphic

Air Force releases criteria for new service medal

U.S. Air Force courtesy graphic WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, following Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James’ May 2...
 
 
DoD

Obama activates reserves for Operation United Assistance

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — President Barack Obama has authorized the Defense Department to call up a small number of National Guard or reserve troops that possess special skills needed to aid efforts in stopping the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. Obama issued an executive order yesterday authorizing the secretaries of Defense and...
 
 
Halloween-Safety

Halloween safety tips for 2014

Here are a few safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission can protect children who plan to go trick-or-treating this Halloween. Costume Designs: Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin