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STATE FIRE MARSHALL OFFERS ADVICE ON WILDFIRE PROTECTION
August 13, 2009
(OLYMPIA, WA) -- The Washington State Fire Marshall’s office is advising all state residents to give themselves and their families a better chance of escaping harm during a wildfire this season by taking as many precautions as possible. Below are some basic preparedness questions to think about this fire season:
~ Are you familiar with your community’s disaster-preparedness plans and have you created a family plan? Do you have plans to care for your pets in case of an evacuation? Do you know where the closest police, fire and emergency medical facilities are located?
~ Have you planned different escape routes from your home and neighborhood and designated an emergency meeting place for the family to meet? Is there an established contact point to communicate with concerned relatives?
~ Have you put together an emergency kit? It should include the following: at least a three-day supply of drinking water and food that needs no refrigeration or cooking; a portable NOAA weather radio; first aid supplies and medications; basic tools, such as a wrench, a flashlight and gloves; portable lanterns and batteries; credit cards and cash; and important documents, including insurance policies.
~ Do you know whom to call to report a wildfire? Dial 9-1-1 and be prepared to give the following information: your name and phone number; your address; the location/direction of the fire; if you know how it started and how big it is; and color of the smoke.
For more information on disaster preparedness: Office of State Fire Marshal’s website www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/firemars, the Emergency Management Division website www.emd.wa.gov/preparedness/prep_index.shtml or the Federal Emergency Management Agency website www.fema.gov/plan/index.shtm.