Monday, November 19, 2018

Wildfire Facts and Prevention



Did you know that there are actually benefits to wildfires?  They help clean the forest floor, kill diseases, provide habitats for many wildlife, and even helps certain trees and plants reproduce. However, the destruction they leave can be devastating as seen in recent disasters. Learn more about what people think can be done to help reduce the damage, while still seeing the benefits that they produce.

Recent Wildfires


Camp Fire: 

On 11/8/18 a fire broke out in Butte Country leading to the state of emergency later being declared. 
As of 7:00 am "Camp Fire" has burned 151,000 acres, and is 66% contained. This fire has already lead to 15,573 structures being destroyed by the flames.
77 civilians have lost their lives, and 3 firefighters have been injured. 
Camp Fire is expected to be fully contained on 11/30/18.





Hill Fire:
On 11/8/18 a fire broke out in Ventura Country. 
November 16th Hill Fire was reported to be 100% contained. This fire has burned 4,531 acres, and lead to 4 structures destroyed.
There have been no reported injuries or fatalities.




Woolsey Fire:
On 11/8/18 a fire broke out in Los Angeles and Ventura Country.
As of 7:00 am "Woolsey Fire" has burned 96,949 acres, and is 94% contained. This fire has already lead to 1500 structures being destroyed by the flames.
3 civilians have lost their lives, and 3 firefighters have been injured. 
Woolsey Fire is expected to be fully contained on 11/22/18.



How do wildfires start, and what should I know?


What do I do if there is a wildfire?


What Happens After Wildfires?
Following wildfires landslides and flooding can be common. Even after two or more years areas with severe wildfires can see the effects. It is advised that after a fire the citizens need to be aware of risks and signs of these secondary disasters. Citizens should have an emergency safety plan put into place so they know where to evacuate to, meet up with loved ones, and supplies to evacuate with. 

Are All Forest Fires Bad?
Fires are natural and not every fire is bad. There are actually many benefits to fire such as cleaning the forest floor, killing disease, providing habitats for many wildlife, and even helps certain trees and plants reproduce.

How Do We Help Reduce the Damage of Wildfires?
Many places practice what is known as a controlled burn. This is when professionals go and burn areas, but control and manage the fire so it doesn't get out of hand. The biggest pro of control burns is that it helps manage the build up of the forest floor, reducing the magnitude and the intensities of wildfires. Yellowstone National Park initially put out every fire that occurred, but later scientists realized the importance of natural fires. Yellowstone then started to allow natural fires to burn as long as they are not a threat to human life. 






Thursday, November 15, 2018

12 Life Saving Items to Keep in Your Car this Winter



Picture this: it’s late at night and you are stranded on the side of the road. Snow is falling around you, and your car won't start. There is no heater, and your phone is dead. With the following twelve things in your car you will be better equipped to help yourself, and/or wait out the storm until help arrives. 

1. Ice Scraper and Brush: Being able to see out your windows is crucial when driving. By having an ice scraper you will be able to better see out your windshield and other windows. 

2. Shovel: A collapsible shovel is small enough to fit in your car, and can be a life saver to help you if your car gets stuck. 

3. Warmth: If your car dies so does your heater. In winter time this can be deadly, especially if you have no way to stay warm. Whether that's with a blanket or extra clothing stored in your car, ensure there is a way to keep your body warm. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Updates on California Wildfires 11/19/18




Camp Fire: 

On 11/8/18 a fire broke out in Butte Country leading to the state of emergency later being declared. 
As of 7:00 am "Camp Fire" has burned 151,000 acres, and is 66% contained. This fire has already lead to 15,573 structures being destroyed by the flames.
77 civilians have lost their lives, and 3 firefighters have been injured. 
Camp Fire is expected to be fully contained on 11/30/18.






Hill Fire:
On 11/8/18 a fire broke out in Ventura Country. 
November 16th Hill Fire was reported to be 100% contained. This fire has burned 4,531 acres, and lead to 4 structures destroyed.
There have been no reported injuries or fatalities.




Woolsey Fire:
On 11/8/18 a fire broke out in Los Angeles and Ventura Country.
As of 7:00 am "Woolsey Fire" has burned 96,949 acres, and is 94% contained. This fire has already lead to 1500 structures being destroyed by the flames.
3 civilians have lost their lives, and 3 firefighters have been injured. 
Woolsey Fire is expected to be fully contained on 11/22/18.






Thursday, October 18, 2018

International Great Shakeout 2018




Emergency Zone employees participated in the international Great ShakeOut earthquake drills today. Every day here is an emergency preparedness day as we build kits, educate, and spread awareness. We were proud to participate in this global event.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Why Recent Disasters in Japan Spells Trouble for Us All



Whether you believe that climate change is caused by man or naturally occurring, it's hard to deny the earth is getting hotter. 


George Tselioudisa researcher at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, predicts that temperatures around the equator won’t change too much, but the temperatures near the poles will rise. It's believed that these changes in temperature will affect natural disasters and decrease the number of storms we will have. The bad news is that there will be an increase risk of things like drought and storm intensity. 

As the temperature around the poles rise, the ice caps and glaciers will continue to melt. This will cause sea levels to rise. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that by 2100 sea levels will rise 0.36 to 2.5 feet. This can lead to an increase in typhoon and hurricane damage as storm surges and flooding can be greater. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Women's Safety: Test your knowledge with these 7 scenarios


You are driving home late at night. A car seems to be following, but you shrug it off telling yourself you are simply being paranoid. You make several turns as you get closer to your home. You look in the rear view mirror and the car is still right behind you. A chill runs up your spine. 



Friday, June 22, 2018

How to Prepare Your Pet for Emergencies


It's 3:00am and an evacuation alarm sounds. Everyone is groggy, but you know you need to get your family to safety. You run to the closet and grab your family's emergency kit; luckily, you were prepared. 

A whimper from the living room reminds you of the one family member you forgot; your precious dog. It's only now you realize though your human family is prepared, you furry little loved one is not. Your kids are in the car crying, and your wife is comforting them. You have no time to get any supplies for your dog. You clip his leash on and drag the frightened dog to the car. 

Little do you know, your city's evacuation shelter, like many, only allow service animals.
There is no option, you take the leash off your dog and leave him outside hoping he can fend for himself. 

It doesn't have to be like this.

It's 3:00am and an evacuation alarm sounds. Everyone is groggy, but you know you need to get your family to safety. You run to the closet. You grab your family's emergency kit, and the pet emergency kit; luckily, you were prepared. As your wife takes the kids to the car, you run to the living room and pull out the folding dog carrier. As advised by the CDC, you took the time to get your dog familiar with it. He runs inside, and you are able to carry your dog to the car without any hassle. 

You know that the closest evacuation shelter is not pet friendly, but you planned ahead. You know that there is a pet friendly evacuation shelter a town over. Your entire family is safe.