This post is by Bernie Carr,
Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate due to fires in Southern California according to CBS This Morning. I wanted to share this quick video about the raging fires:
According to CBS this morning, fires have been going on since Thursday, with many structures sustaining damage or completely destroyed. Residents only get a few minutes notice to evacuate, since the fires burn so rapidly.
Thankfully, the evacuation order has been lifted and the residents are now able to return home. Sadly, some have already lost their homes. But the danger is not over. The fires are only partially contained and the hot, dry Santa Ana winds are expected to continue through the day.
I have lived in areas prone to wildfires – you always have to be prepared to evacuate. Whether you live in an apartment or own your home, there is always a fire danger. Fire is the most common threat that can happen in any city. Even if you are not within the affected area, it is a good idea to:
- Make a plan on what you would do if you get a mandatory evacuation order.
- Know your evacuation route as well as alternates. Many routes are closed due to the proximity to the fire.
- Plan what items you will take with you in an evacuation. You may only have 10 minutes to grab whatever you can to carry with you.
- Create a communications plan to stay in touch with your loved ones in case of emergency.
We have a lot of family members as well as readers in Southern California – my prayers are with you.