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by 4ursurvival.com on 01/15/18

* Have you discussed a fire safety plan with your family?

* Does everyone know where to meet if you have to evacuate your home?

* Is your house number and/or name clearly posted at the driveway entrance or mailbox?

* Are ladders, fire extinguishers and other tools readily available for emergencies?

* Are decks, porches and other raised extensions protected with fire-resistant materials or screened to keep out sparks?

* Does your driveway allow easy access (and egress) for emergency vehicles?

* If you don’t have a fire hydrant nearby, is there a water storage tank with a fire-hose adapter available for firefighters to use?

* Are exterior walls made of stone, brick or other fire-resistant materials? Is electrical wiring installed underground or are trees trimmed to avoid overhead wires?

* If there is a swimming pool, do you have a gas-powered pump for wetting your roof

and vegetation?

* Is your roof made of fire-resistant materials such as asphalt, tile, slate, asbestos or

concrete shingles?

* Have you cleared at least 30 feet of space (100 feet on a sloping lot) around your home

dry grass, underbrush and dead wood?

* Have you removed trees growing through porches, decks or roofs?

* Are the lower branches of trees taller than 18 feet pruned within 10 feet of the ground? Have trees been pruned to avoid limbs hanging over the roof or chimney?

* Do you keep roofs and gutters free of dead leaves, pine needles and other debris?

* Is your firewood stored at least 50 feet from your house?



by 4ursurvival.com on 01/11/18

For people living near or using recreational facilities in wilderness areas the threat of brush or forest fires is real. Advance planning and knowing protective measures to take can help limit the devastation of a fire.

While no one can prevent all such fires from occurring, there are actions that can prevent an emergency or lessen the damaging effects of unavoidable emergencies. Investing in preventive steps now, will help reduce the

impact of wildland fires in the future.

What to Do

Before a Wildland Fire

Learn and teach safe fire practices, such as

the following:

  • Build fires away from nearby trees or
  • bushes.


  • Always have a way to extinguish the
  • fire quickly and completely.


  • Never leave a fire—even a cigarette—
  • burning unattended.


  • Avoid open burning completely, especially
  • during dry seasons.


    Observe local fire and building codes and weed abatement ordinances for structures built near wooded areas.

    Use fire-resistant materials when building, renovating or retrofitting structures. Use only approved fire-resistant wooden shakes and shingles for a roof. Use tile, stucco, metal siding, brick, concrete block, rock or other fire-resistant building materials. Use only thick, tempered safety glass in large windows and sliding glass doors.

    Create a safety zone to separate your home from combustible plants and vegetation. For example, stone walls can act as heat shields and deflect flames, and swimming pools and patios can be a safety zone. Minimize fire hazards around home by following some of these suggestions:

  • Install electrical lines underground, if
  • possible.


  • Keep all tree and shrub limbs trimmed
  • so they don’t come in contact with the wires.


  • Prune all branches around the residence
  • to a height of 8 to 10 feet. Keep trees adjacent to buildings free of dead or dying wood and moss.


  • Clean roof surfaces regularly.
  • Remove all dead limbs, needles and
  • debris from rain gutters.


  • Store combustible or flammable materials in approved safety containers and keep them away from the house.
  • Install a spark arrestor on your chemney.
  • Keep the chimney clean.
  • Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and near sleeping areas. Make evacuation plans, in the event the


    fire comes close. Plan several routes in case the fire blocks the main escape route.Have disaster supplies on hand, such as:

  • Flashlight with extra batteries;
  • Portable, battery-operated radio and
  • extra batteries;


  • First-aid kit and manual;
  • Emergency food and water;
  • Nonelectric can opener;
  • Essential medicines;
  • Cash and credit cards; and
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Develop an emergency communication plan. In case family members are separated from one another during a wildland fire (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school),


    have a plan for getting back together. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the “family contact.” After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone knows the name, address and phone number of the contact person.

    What to Do

    During a Wildland Fire Turn on a battery-operated radio to get the latest emergency information.

    Remove combustible items from around the house, such as lawn and poolside furniture,

    outdoor umbrellas, tarp coverings and firewood.Take down flammable drapes and curtains

    and close all venetian blinds or noncombustible window coverings.

    Take the following actions to protect your


  • Close all doors and windows inside
  • your home to prevent draft.


  • Close gas valves and turn off all pilot
  • lights.


  • Turn on a light in each room for visibility
  • in heavy smoke.


  • Place valuables that will not be damaged
  • by water in a pool or pond.


  • If hoses and adequate water are available,
  • leave sprinklers on roofs and on anything else that might be damaged


    by fire.

    Be ready to evacuate all family members and pets when fire nears or when instructed to do so by local officials.

    If trapped in a wildland fire, crouch in a pond or river. Cover your head and upper body with wet clothing. If water is not around, look for shelter in a cleared area or among a bed of rocks. Lie flat and cover your body with wet clothing or soil.

    Breathe the air close to the ground through a wet cloth to avoid scorching your lungs

    or inhaling smoke.



    by 4ursurvival.com on 01/08/18

    A well-thought-out plan of action for you and your family can go a long way to reduce potential suffering from any type of disaster that could strike.

    Household emergency plans should be kept simple. The best emergency plans are those that are easy to remember.

    Be familiar with escape routes. It may be necessary to evacuate your neighborhood. Plan several escape routes for different contingencies.

    Maintaining a link to the outside can be crucial. Keep a battery operated radio and extra batteries on hand. Make sure family members know where the radio is kept.

    Post emergency phone numbers (fire, police, ambulance) by the telephone.

    Teach children how to call 911 for help.

    Know how to turn off utilities.

    Identify family meeting places in case you are separated. Choose a place in a building or park outside your neighborhood. Everyone should be clear about this location.

    Develop an emergency communication plan. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the family’s contact. Make sure everyone knows the telephone number of this contact.


    Federal Emergency Management Agency 

    Establish Multiple Family Meeting Spots

    by 4ursurvival.com on 01/03/18

    Establish Multiple Family Meeting Spots

    It’s important to stick together in an emergency, so establish a few places where your family can reunite if you’ve been separated and stay safe. You need to pick four places in total:

    1. An indoor meeting spot: In the event of natural disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, and other storms, set a dedicated place in your home everyone can go to. A small, windowless room like a closet or bathroom, a safe room, or a basement are good examples.

    1. A neighborhood meeting spot: In case you and your family have to leave your home, or you all get separated in the commotion, pick a spot in the neighborhood everyone knows to meet at. A big tree, mailbox, the end of a driveway, or a neighbor’s house will do.

    1. A regional meeting spot: Say you and your partner are at work when disaster strikes and your kids are at school. In that case, you should have a non-residential meeting spot somewhere in the area where everyone can meet up. It can be a library, place of worship, community center, or even a relative’s house.

    1. An out of town meeting spot: Some disasters call for an evacuation, so it’s a good idea to have a safe meeting place out of the region. The homes of relatives or family friends are perfect, but you could also choose an easy-to-get-to hotel or other landmark that everyone is familiar with.

    Make sure all of these places are accessible by everyone in your family, including people with pets and those with disabilities. If you live in the city and don’t have a car, make sure you take time to establish train routes, and backup routes, to your meeting spots. FEMA has a Commuter Emergency Plan form you can fill out and give to everyone who needs it.




    by 4ursurvival.com on 12/29/17


    To avoid disease and danger, consider the following recommendations:

    • Stay with friends, if possible, rather than in a camp.
    • Keep your living space sanitary.
    • Use personal protective equipment when cleaning up debris. If possible, wear gloves, sturdy shoes, a hard hat, and a dust mask. Beware of electrical wires and hidden embers.
    • Keep your daily routine as normal as possible. Your children need to see that you are calm and hopeful. Do school lessons, play, and worship as a family. Do not dwell on news coverage of the tragedy, and do not take out your anxiety or frustration on family members. Accept help, and help others.
    • Acknowledge that disasters cause loss. Government and other relief efforts focus on helping people to survive, not on replacing everything that was lost. To survive, we need clean water, food, clothing, and shelter from the weather
    • Recognize and address emotional injury. This often surfaces after the initial shock has passed. Symptoms include anxiety, depression, and mood swings, as well as difficulty thinking, working, and sleeping. Talk to caring friends.