risk management: tip of the week

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.

For more information about wildfires:
Active Wildfire Map

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Sincerely,

Mike Schofield

Mike Schofield
President & CEO