The summer season means more than school vacations and weekends at the pool. Summer brings an increase in the threat of wildfires and the danger that these outbreaks carry. As firefighters worked to contain the Spring wildfire in Southern California, the National Interagency Fire Center recently published its summer fire outlook that forecasts a difficult, above average wildfire season in the West.
Wildfires spread quickly and often go undetected until it’s too late. Across our nation every year communities are affected by major wildfires. While some homes survive, more homes do not. Make sure your family and community take actions to get prepared.
Wildfires: Getting Prepared and Protecting Your Home
Homes have a much higher likelihood of surviving wildfires when residents are prepared. Predictability, prevention and being prepared can minimize your risk in case of wildfire and help reduce the loss of life, property and resources.
In most cases, people start wildfires. Promote and practice wildfire safety in your community with these tips:
What to know about Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) send free informational text messages to WEA-enabled cell phones within range of an imminent and dangerous local situation, severe weather event, or AMBER emergency.
Release of National Preparedness Report
FEMA and its partners recently released the 2013 National Preparedness Report (NPR). The NPR is an annual status report on the nation’s progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation.
Overall, the NPR found the nation continues to make progress building preparedness in key areas and identifies several significant areas of national strength. The report also identified areas for national improvement in enhancing the resilience of infrastructure systems and maturing the role of public private partnerships.
For a copy of the full report go to: http://www.fema.gov/national-
Preparedness Discussion Highlights
Discussions are great opportunities to interact with other community members and engage on important issues. Be sure to share your comments on these discussion highlights: