Surviving During a Wildfire
The destruction caused by wildfires can be catastrophic. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, federal suppression costs generally range from $1-2 billion annually. Here are some tips to help you survive during a wildfire.
- If you see a fire nearby or approaching, call 911 to report the fire. Don't assume that someone else has reported it.
- Monitor the Emergency Alert System (EAS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current information and instructions.
- If smoky conditions exist without an evacuation order, stay inside in a safe location or go to a community building where smoke levels are lower.
- Use N95 masks to filter out harmful particles in the air.
- Evacuate immediately if ordered to do so by authorities.
- If you are trapped, call 911 to report your location and turn on lights to help rescuers find you.
Next week, we will review tips for safety after a wildfire.
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