Right now I am sitting in my living room in Aurora, Colorado just southeast of Denver. I am watching the ongoing, disturbing coverage of the many wildfires happening across Colorado right now. If I step to my bedroom window I can see smoke plumes to the north near Boulder and to the south where the city of Colorado Springs is burning. It is very scary to watch. And even scarier to hear how many people are not prepared for this type of emergency.
I hope that everyone who reads this blog entry will take a few minutes to review their own preparedness.
1. Have an escape and relocation plan. Know how to get and and where to go if you get separated.
2. Take an inventory of your home for insurance purposes. Save that inventory on the cloud, send a copy to a family member who lives separate from you, or store someplace safe.
3. Have copies of your insurance information, contact informations, policy numbers, etc somewhere that you can get to if you are evacuated.
4. Update information regularly!
5. The biggest for last – have working fire alarms or smoke detectors in your house and change the batteries regularly.
Schools have regular fire drills for a reason. Hold them in your homes, in your neighborhoods, at your workplaces as well.
Colorado is one of, I think, 7 states dealing with rampant wildfires right now, some in communities that thought it couldn’t happen to them. Anything can happen to anyone at anytime.