It looks like fire season has arrived a little early this year, as I’m sure those of you who live around here know. The fire off of Teller 11 today had everyone concerned about where it was, what areas were involved, and road closings. One thing that we’ve found to be really helpful is to sign up with Nixle. Nixle is free, is available for areas all across the United States, doesn’t give your information away to anyone, and you don’t get any kind of advertising from them.
What is Nixle? “Launched in 2007, Nixle provides an open communication forum that connect public safety, municipalities, schools, businesses and the communities they serve. Nixle enables real-time, two-way communication through text, email, voice messages, social media, and the Nixle mobile app.
The Nixle notification system is relied on by over 8000 agencies, fire and police departments, schools, hospitals and is now available in a business version! Organizations use Nixle for critical situations such as Severe Weather Events, Evacuations, Safety Hazards, Security Threats, Facilities Problems, Employee Notifications, and IT/Telecom Disruptions.”
An example of how Nixle helps us is today’s fire. I was at work in Colorado Springs and I got text messages and e-mail notifications about the fire, it’s location, who was on pre-evacuation notice, and road closures. Later I got notices that Highland Meadows was under mandatory evacuation, that Cripple Creek school was the evacuation location, and finally, that the evacuation notices had been lifted. I was kept well-informed during the entire event. Sign up with Nixle here.
You can find useful information regarding wild fire preparation, wild fire recovery, and wild fire terminology at acehardware.com under the Preparing for Natural Disasters listing. Other helpful articles by Ace include making a disaster plan, building a disaster prepardness kit, and additional information.
Don’t forget to make a plan for your pets and livestock. Many places that will allow people to stay in case of an evacuation won’t allow pets.
There are a lot of evacuation lists of what to take available, but I think the Emergency Evacuation Checklist from Phantom Ranch is really good. It covers what to do now to prepare, what to do before leaving, and what to take.
Be sure to take time to prepare for an evacuation before you actually need to do it. A little bit of time spent now will pay off in case you have to make a quick exit.
Prepare and be safe!