(TNS) – First responders train hard to prepare forest fires and other disasters. Residents should do the same, according to Klamath County Fire Agencies who compiled the report online Oregon’s Ready Set Go guide to reducing the risk of fire harming people and property.
People who have been evacuated know that there is no extra time to figure out what to take. And those in a hurry may forget a vital element or bring too much.
You may always have to leave your car, so pack only what you need to keep your emergency ‘travel bag’ as light as possible in case you have to carry it on foot or use public transport. common.
Unlike an earthquake, in which systems like water, electricity, and cell phone towers can be compromised for days or morea wildfire backpack should have everything you need to reach safety.
Shelters most likely have food, water, first aid supplies, and toilet paper, but not your lifesaving medications, driver’s license or other form of identification, or spare keys to your house and your car.
The online resource Reception open provides information on the functioning status of health facilities in disaster-affected areas.
“Knowing when to leave, what to pack, where to go and how to get there will help you and your family avoid being caught up in smoke, fire or traffic congestion when evacuating during a fire. forest,” according to Oregon’s Ready Set Go.
Don’t stop to pack a bag if your neighborhood or house is on fire, or if you’ve been told to evacuate. An area can quickly be consumed by fire. The heat, smoke, and ash make it hard to breathe, and the blinding smoke makes day seem like night.
Everything is replaceable, disaster experts say, except people.
Before disaster strikes
Emergency preparedness experts suggest, at a minimum, three actions you need to take now to improve the safety of your family during and after a disaster:
- Sign up to be informed of imminent danger.
- Have an escape plan: Make sure everyone in your household knows how to safely get out of homes, where you’ll all meet, and how you’ll contact each other in case power lines or phone signals aren’t working. Also plan how you are going take care of your pets in an emergency.
- Have a durable emergency travel bag”ready with the essentials.
- This checklist helps you know what to pack. Firefighters encourage everyone to take personal responsibility and learn what you can do today to prevent and prepare for forest fires.
Essentials ‘Go bag’
It’s hard to think clearly when you’re told to evacuate. It is therefore essential to create a compact, waterproof and durable case. go bag full of hard-to-replace parts essential like medicine and spare glasses that you can grab when you rush out the door.
Consider the color of your wearable disaster kit. Some people choose red so it’s easy to spot it in the garage or closet, while others buy an ordinary-looking item backpack, fleece Where wheeled cargo bag which will not draw attention to the valuables inside. Some people remove the patches identifying the bag as a first aid or first aid kit.
Gather the essentials in one place. Many of the essential supplies may already be in your home, such as hygiene itemsbut you will need duplicates and small sizes so you can access it quickly in an emergency.
Define a pair of hard soled shoes Where Leather boots near the go bag to put on before leaving. Long pants, a long-sleeved shirt or jacket, and socks in a low-flammable natural fabric such as cotton Where oldest boy are the best to wear, but don’t delay in finding emergency items.
Print out a list of phone numbers for doctors, family, and friends.
Also bring a lightweight travel bag for your pet and identify a place to stay that will accept animals. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) app should list shelters that are open during an active disaster in your area.
Before any disaster, downloading important documents to a digital folder avoids having to pack hard copies of documents that can be misplaced.
Scan personal photos and store them on a CD Where cloud server. A photo inventory of your accommodation taken now can save you hundreds of tedious hours trying to gather information for an insurance claim after a disaster.
The basics of the “go bag”
A light and sturdy “travel bag” is not like the emergency supplies you keep at home in case you need to shelter in place for days.
A “go bag” contains the essentials you’ll need – from medicine to a cell phone charger – to get away instantly.
Keep bags as light as possible by only including the essentials:
- Protective: Breathing masks or a reusable smoke mask Where other masks to help filter out fire particles as well as Protective glasses, disinfectant wipes and travel toiletries.
- Extra money (coins for vending machines), eyeglasses Where contact lenses and solution, medications. Ask your doctor, health insurance fund, or pharmacist for an emergency supply of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
- Food and drink: If you think the shops will be closed and you are going somewhere without food or water, pack durable water pockets and not salty, non-perishable food packages which are nutrient dense and what you like to eat, like protein bars, instant rolled oats, nuts and seeds.
- First aid kit: The American Red Cross Deluxe Family First Aid Kit ($69.99) is lightweight yet packed with 100 essential supplies to treat injuries, from aspirin and triple antibiotic ointment. Add pocket size American Red Cross Emergency First Aid Guide or download for free Red Cross Emergency App. See other first aid kits.
- Single reversing light, radio and charger: If there is no place to plug in a device, you will appreciate the Clipray of the American Red Cross crank, flashlight and phone charger. Starting for one minute produces energy for 10 minutes of light. See other crank loaders.
- A Multi-function tool can provide you, at your fingertips, with pliers, cutting pliers, screwdrivers, knives, a metal or wood file, a bottle opener and a flat screwdriver. Leatherman Heavy-Duty Stainless Steel Multi-Tool has 21 tools, including wire cutters and scissors.
- Keep your car’s gas tank at least half full in case you need to evacuate quickly. Gas stations may be shut down in an emergency and unable to pump gasoline during power outages, depending on Ready.gov. Take one car per family to reduce congestion on the roads.
- keep one whistle in each bedroom to wake up your family members at night in the event of a fire or other emergency.
- Know how locate and turn off the gas.
- Consider buying a smart water shut off valvewhich will automatically shut off your water supply if a pipe bursts.
- Better yet, consider investing in smart home technology for real-time updates on everything from water leaks abnormally wet conditions in your house. Insurance companies often offer discounts when smart home devices are installed.
- Test your smoke detector and other safety equipment frequently.
Home Fire Preparedness Checklist
Portland Fire & Rescue has a security checklist this includes ensuring that electrical and heating equipment is in good working order and does not overheat.
Here’s what you need to do to make sure your family and home are prepared for fires:
- ABC type location fire extinguishers at all levels of your home.
- Install smartly smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every floor of your home and in every room.
- To buy folding ladders for each bedroom upstairs. Typical ladders are 15 feet long and cover two floors of your home.
- Remove clothing, rags, and other materials from around furnaces, stoves, and other heat-producing equipment.
- Clean lint buildup in your dryer after each use and the area behind your dryer every few months.
- Close the fireplace screen to prevent embers from bursting onto the floor or carpet.
- Clean your chimney every year. Soot can harden on the chimney walls as flammable creosote.
- Make sure your electrical cords are in covers and don’t run under carpets or against your walls.
- Water heater and heat-producing appliances like toasters and hair dryers should be at least three feet away from anything flammable like curtains, beds, and other linens.
- Lit candles should always be contained and supervised.
- Know how to feel the temperature at the bottom of the doors and avoid opening the doors if they are too hot.
- Do family fire drills twice a year.
- Learn more by reading emergency guides.