According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this March was unseasonably warm across the contiguous United States, registering some of the highest temperatures ever during this time period in years past. The mixture of gusty winds and low humidity might have been nice for people spending time outdoors, but wasn’t exactly ideal for areas trying to avoid wildfires. Still, the amount of wildfire damage was below average during this same time, possibly due to wildfire education.
This is not to say that Red Flag Warnings have not been springing up all over the country. A recent check showed that areas of Connecticut and New Mexico were at risk. To make sure you’re ready for any type of wildfire situation, here are some tips:
Defend – Make sure your home has enough space between the structure and the forest, plants or other shrubbery around it. This will create a buffer around your home to give you maximum time to exit in case of wildfire. Also, remove any dead vegetation and loose items surrounding your home, especially if there are red flag warnings in your area.
Preparedness Kit – Have emergency kits ready around your home and in your vehicle. Stock these with essential items like emergency batteries, first aid kits, emergency water and/or water filtration bottles, freeze dried food and other items you deem necessary. If you have nowhere to go, these kits will help you survive.
Don’t Get Stuck – If your area is under wildfire warning and you see smoke, evacuate your home while you have time. Remember – if you get trapped inside your home, you may not be able to alert the authorities that may be outside. Keep your wits about you and stay calm and you’ll be totally prepared for wildfire season.
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