Where there is smoke, there could be fire! Wildfires can occur anywhere, any time of the year, and destroy homes, businesses, and natural resources.
- Watching the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s wildfire animation – When the Fire Starts.
- Reviewing your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy to ensure you have the adequate coverage for your property and personal belongings.
- Removing flammable items, such as firewood piles and portable propane tanks, within 30 feet of all structures and discarding any dry or dead vegetation from up to 100 feet around your home.
- Learning and practicing evacuation routes from your home or business to an area that is not affected by the wildfire. The best action to protect yourself and your family is to evacuate early and avoid being trapped.
Have you heard? National Parents’ Day
is Sunday, July 23
. In observance of this occasion, we encourage family members to help parents prepare for emergencies. Prepareathon and the Ready Campaign highlight several ways to prepare for the unexpected.
Some of these actions include:
Disasters can be stressful for kids. Try to make emergency planning fun for children in your family. Visit www.ready.gov/kids
for exciting games, quizzes, and other resources to help young children and teens understand the importance of emergency preparedness.
The 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
is Wednesday, July 26
. Individuals and caregivers for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs are encouraged to evaluate their necessities in the event of an emergency and create an emergency plan unique to them.
campaign shares several easy ways to create an emergency plan tailored for specific needs:
- Collect information – Create a paper copy of the contact informationincluding phone, email, and social media information for your family, friends, caregivers, neighbors and other important people or service providers.
- Share your emergency plans – Tell your employer and trusted people in your support networks where you keep your emergency supplies, what you need, and how to contact you if the power goes out.
- Practice Your Plan – Dedicate time to practice your emergency plan with your support network, just as you would with a fire drill.
On Tuesday, July 18, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) members conducted broadcasts on Facebook Live during 2017 Youth Preparedness Council Summit in Washington, DC.
- Koshland Science Museum - Tune in for a behind-the-scenes look at how YPC members handle disasters in the museum’s Extreme Event game.
- National Portrait Gallery – Watch YPC members discuss their preparedness projects.
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