This year, California has experienced massive wildfires in the northern and southern parts of its regions. 230,500 acres have burned by highways 150 and 126. 

Cal Fire Thomas Quick Update sheet reported that over 90,000 residents have been affected by the wildfires, which have burned thousands of miles of land, buildings, houses and personal belongings of residents.

Wildfires are unfortunate events that cannot be predicted.

So. we ask ourselves, are Bakersfield residents prepared in case a wildfire were to break out here? What steps can we can take to prepare before and after a wildfire breaks out?  

Below we provide recommendations from kerncountyfire.org and ready.gov.

MAKE A PLAN

  • Have an escape plan. Have more than one escape plan for each room in your home.
  • Learn your community's routes for evacuation.
  • Find out what alerts systems are available for emergency notifications.
  • Listen to the radio, television and phone notifications for emergency evacuations.
  • Select two places to meet with your family in case of an emergency.

PREPARE YOUR HOME

  • Keep dry items away from your home, such as dry bushes, newspapers, dry leaves, piles of wood, etc. 
  • Remove any debris around your home.
  • Assemble supplies you might need during an evacuation. These include water, blankets, first-aid kit, flashlight, a change of clothing, shoes, and special items for children, the elderly and disabled family members.
  • Check your smoke detectors.

EVACUATE

  • If you are told to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • If you see a wildfire nearby and have not been notified to evacuate, call 9-1-1.
  • If you see smoke in your home,crawl below the smoke.
  • If there is fire at your first escape from your escape plan. go to your second escape.
  • Make sure you carry your personal items and pets.

RETURNING HOME

  • Return home only when authorities have indicated that it is safe.
  • Hours after the fire has passed, keep a look out for sparks or any small pieces of dying fire.
  • Be careful with any items that have been affected by the fire; they still may contain heat.

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