Wildfires are most common and dangerous in mountenous states with dry hot weather. States with significant wildfire risks are: Arizona, California, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Wildfires pose extreme danger to those living in or around dry mountainous areas. Wildfires burn more than a million acres of land each year. In 2005, that number reached more than 8.5 million acres! Eighty percent of wildfires are cause by people, and while most are caused accidently, most are preventable.
Wildfires can grow out of control very quickly and are difficult to contain, especially in windy conditions. For those living in wildfire prone areas, its important to be prepared. Preperations take time and involve clearing brush and createing a clear zone around your home. wildfire can not only turn homes into burning cinders, but they can impact power and other utilities in the area. Exit routes may be blocked or cut off due to the fire or emergency equipment. In some cases, residents may be asked to evacuate. In any of these cases, being prepared and having a portable Emergency Preparedness Kit is essential.
Being prepared for a wildfire or any other type of disaster requires preparation beforehand. There are three important steps you should complete in preparation for a wildfire. To make this even easier, Essential Packs provides you with a FREE online Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide that takes your step-by-step through the process:
Having the proper emergency preparedness kit, having a plan, and knowing what to do before a wildfire strikes, will greatly improve you and your family’s chances of being safe. Complete the 3-Step Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide today!
Getting an Emergency Preparedness Kit for your home, office (or school), and car(s) is an essential first step in being prepared for a wildfire. Emergency Preparedness Kits from Essential Packs, provide you and your family with the emergency supplies your family needs to last for 3 days (72 hours). Deluxe Kits from Essential Packs are compliant with FEMA's guidelines and include important items like: emergency food and drinking water, Flashlight, radio, first-aid supplies, sanitation supplies, emergency blankets, waterproof ponchos, and much more.
For additional help on selecting the right kit, visit Step 1 - Get A Kit of our Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide.
In order to know what to do when a wildfire occurs, you need to create a Family Emergency Plan. Sit down with your family members and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in the event of a disaster or emergency.
To make this easy, Essential Packs provides you with a Family Emergency Planning Document that you can download for FREE. Simply open this PDF document and fill-in the blanks, then, print a copy for each family member, and store one copy in your Emergency Preparedness Kit.
You should update your Family Emergency Plan every six months, as phone number, work locations, and other important information could change.
For more help on creating a Family Emergnecy Plan, visit Step 2 - Make A Plan of our Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide.
The final step to getting prepared is to be informed about what to do before, during, and after a wildfire. FEMA's In-Depth Citizen's Guide to Disaster Preparedness helps you do this by providing you with comprehensive emergency preparedness information a variety of disasters.
Visit Step 3 - Be Informed of our Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide to download FEMA's comprehensive, 200 page book called, "Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness".