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Devastating fires have blazed through California this year, including the Rim Fire, Springs Fire and Powerhouse Fire, to name a few. Although the fire season is waning, remember that the Tea Fire erupted in November—after an October rain! We want to make sure we’re prepared in case another one occurs near us. Take steps to reduce your risk and protect your family!
So what do we do?
If you’re on campus when a fire starts nearby:
GO TO THE GYM!
If Montecito Fire says we have time to evacuate campus using our Go Plan, we’ll need all available cars to transport students safely away. Please do not leave campus until directed to do so. If we’re told to use our Stay Plan, then the gym is the safest place to be. If you live in Las Barrancas, you and your family are welcome to come to the gym as well!
How to prepare in advance:
• Create a Go-Kit
• Prepare Your Family: Make sure your family knows how to contact each other in an emergency and sets an alternate meeting place if your home isn't accessible. Test your smoke alarms monthly and replace the batteries yearly.
• Pledge to Prepare: Help raise awareness among your friends and family.
• Protect Your Home: When was the last time you seriously considered how a wildfire would affect your home? Go here to learn more about what you can do to protect your home, including creating a safety zone around your home.
• Visit ready.gov/wildfires for more tips and helpful information.
(Watch this video to get inspired!)
As a sophomore that fateful night, I had just a few moments to run up to my room in VK before racing to the gym. However, I wasn’t thinking clearly and only grabbed a few things: my laptop, some schoolbooks and my thimble collection. The next day I realized with dismay that I’d left behind much-needed essentials such as my phone charger, a change of clothes and a toothbrush. Leah was less fortunate than I. She only had her phone and room keys, which made the week away from campus with no ID or credit cards difficult!
Now we both have Go-Kits (I have one in my home plus a small one in my car that includes a change of casual clothing and comfortable shoes) so we’ll be prepared to handle an emergency in style!
So you’re not stuck like Mariah and Leah without the essentials you need, put these basics in your home kit:
• Water: one gallon per person per day for at least three days
• Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food; don’t forget a can opener!
• Radio: hand-crank or battery-powered (with extra batteries)
• NOAA weather radio: with tone and extra batteries
• Flashlight (and extra batteries; noticing a theme here?)
• First aid kit with extra medication: Watch for expiration dates!
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape to filter contaminated air and shelter in place
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
• Important documents and cash: passports, birth certificates, insurance documents, copy of driver’s license, etc.
Tip: Add spare car keys in case you can’t find your keys in an emergency.
If you already have a Go-Kit, check to see if anything has expired (medicine, batteries, food, water) and replace as needed.
• Nixle - Sign in or create a new account; choose which agencies you would like to receive information from; look for new notices in your inbox.
• FEMA - Easy access to the Federal Emergency Management Agency resources, including tips on how to prepare for disasters (a great list for what to put in your go-kit as well as a place to store your own additional personal items), disaster resources, disaster reporter and their blog.
• Lemon Wallet - Easily scan and store your ID, credit and debit cards, insurance cards and many other things kept in your wallet for easy retrieval if your wallet is ever stolen or inaccessible.
• NOAA Now - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides easy access to up-to-date information such as news articles, Environmental Visualization Laboratory images, ocean storms, tornadoes, thunderstorms and more!
• USGS Seismic - This U.S. Geological Survey app allows you to see earthquake activity at a glance (including time, magnitude and location).
• Red Cross First Aid App - get quick help on the go!