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Home Owner’s Checklist – How to Prepare Your Home for Fire Season

2 Hours Prep Time: Build-a-Kit to survive 5-7 Hours on Your Own With No Help.

30 Minute Prep Time: Evacuation-Backpack – In the event of a major disaster, you might need to Shelter in Place and survive on your own resources for a minimum 5-7 days.  Place your list in an old backpack and leave it in a closet by the front door.

60 Minutes Prep Time: Family-Communication-Plan to have an efficient communication system among family & friends.

10 Minutes Prep Time: Grab&Go-Checklist to have in an accessible place like on your refrigerator.

As always, if you or someone you know is experiencing an emergency, call 911.

Follow @MarinHHS or MarinHHS.org for updates.
For updated information about fires in California go to: https://fire.ca.gov/
For updated information about air quality in the Bay Area go to: http://www.baaqmd.gov/

CERT Documents

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a national program to train citizens to help fill the gap between a disaster or emergency, and the arrival of professional services.

Some people are not purchasing the correct face masks for the current air quality situation. P99, N95,and N100 are the correct ones for Air Quality Alert Situations.

  • P99 – For Adults & Kids 
  • N95 – For Adults 

If you cannot find it online, please call (415) 488-5851 or email info@guardianairwaves.com. We have a limited supply that you can purchase from us.

The following do not protect your lungs from wildfire smoke:

  • Bandannas or towels (wet or dry) or tissue held over the mouth and nose. This may relieve dryness but won’t protect your lungs from wildfire smoke.
  • One‐strap paper dust mask or a surgical mask that hooks around your ears. These don’t protect against the fine particles in smoke.
  • For those who cannot avoid prolonged activities outdoors “Particulate respirator” masks (respirator masks) labeled N95 or N100 may provide some protection: they filter out fine particles but not hazardous gases ‒ The respirator masks do not seal well on people with facial hair or beards –
  • Individuals with respiratory conditions should consult their doctor before using a mask— masks may limit airflow and make it more difficult to breathe. ‒ Respirator masks should not be used on very young children: they don’t seal well enough to provide protection.
What can I do to protect myself?
  • Limiting exposure to wildfire smoke by remaining indoors is the primary goal. Depending on your situation, a combination of the strategies below may work best and give you the most protection from wildfire smoke.
  • Keep indoor air as clean as possible. Keep windows and doors closed.
  • Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to reduce indoor air pollution.
  • Avoid smoking tobacco, using wood-burning stoves or fireplaces, burning candles, incenses or vacuuming.
  • Minimize the amount of time spent outdoors as much as possible. Avoid vigorous outdoor activities.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Listen to your body and contact your healthcare provider or call 911 if you experience difficulty breathing, chest pain, severe fatigue, dizziness, or worsening of asthma or chronic respiratory illness.

A New Vision for Emergency Management

Date: Thu Mar 15 2018

Author: Brock Long, FEMA Administrator

Today I released FEMA’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, not just to guide FEMA as an Agency as we lead the way to a more resilient nation, but to serve as a strategy and an anchor for the whole community.

We cannot accomplish this by simply improving and expanding our programs and processes. We, as nation, must address some fundamental, cultural issues in order to become resilient. Resiliency is more than just strengthening our buildings and other infrastructure, it’s making sure that our citizens have the proper tools and skill sets to reduce the impact of future disasters.

This isn’t just our plan though; this plan will be a roadmap for the future of emergency management.

We as individuals need to get back to a “be prepared” mentality that served the nation through periods of both war and peace in the past, through periods of economic prosperity and during times of personal and national austerity. No matter how challenging the time, America has always been and will always be strongest when we ensure that our people are strong.

Embracing this culture of preparedness starts not in Washington, DC, but at home. We need to work to encourage everybody to question how prepared they are, and to act. Do you have CPR training? Do you know how to shut off the water valves and the gas valves in your home? Do you know what to do when a disaster strikes?

This journey does not begin and end at home, but moves out to spawn a culture where neighbor helping neighbor is not just a phrase or an idea, it is the reality. Citizens are the true first responders, so you need to be the help until help arrives.

Know your neighbors, and what they may need if a disaster happens. Build a support network in your community that includes preparing together and having a plan to check on each other after a disaster occurs. We are here to help you prepare and understand your risks, but a true culture of preparedness begins with you.

Part of being prepared is understanding your finances. Does your family have enough savings in case of an emergency? Alarmingly, almost 60 percent of all Americans don’t have $400 in savings. We as a nation need to address financial wellness as a building block of preparedness.  We need to double the amount of flood insurance coverage we have in the country because any home can flood, and everyone recovers more quickly when insured. Mother Nature doesn’t recognize flood zone maps, and we currently have too many people at risk. And it’s not just flood insurance, its insurance against high winds in hurricane and tornado-prone areas, and earthquake insurance to protect your investment. Everyone should have the right insurance coverage for the hazards you face.

Everyone – whether you are a public servant, a member of a family, or a business that is part of a community – must work together to make this happen, FEMA alone cannot accomplish these goals.

Now is the time for all of us to prepare and be ready for the next disaster, and to help make our neighbors, communities, and nation more resilient.