In this day and age, California is considered one of the hottest places in America right now. In fact, Death Valley just reported the hottest temperature on Earth at 130 degrees. But temperature isn’t the only thing to look out for in California.
Each year, California has about 10,000 earthquakes. Though, most of them are small and not even felt by the population living there. But even so, California is a source for extreme heat and natural disasters.
It’s important to stay informed of what’s going on. In this article, we’ll give you 5 tips if you plan on moving to California or you’re already living there now and need a little extra help.
Have a plan in place. You don’t want to be one of those people who hears the news of a natural disaster occurring and don’t have a plan ready.
You should know if you need to evacuate along a specific route, how you’re going to transport yourself there, and even set up a final location to sit tight while you wait to hear back on the situation from the authorities. Whether it be an earthquake, a wildfire, or some other disaster, having a plan in place is very important.
Something you can do for your home is to make sure the amount of smoke alarms in your house fits your city’s regulations and make sure you replace them timely. You don’t want to have a smoke alarm expired or out of good batteries while you think it’s working just like you planned. It’s important to stay on top of things for your own personal safety.
Staying informed is very important in order to be on top of you and your family’s safety. The world we live in these days isn’t a very upbeat place, but it’s still important to tune in to the news, especially locally. Familiarize yourself with calling 911 and make sure people around you are, too.
If there’s a fire, make sure that all windows, door, and sources of ventilation are as closed off as possible. Anything in your home that you perceive to be flammable should be moved so that it’s away from your windows and doors.
Did you know that closing a door can be the difference between a room untouched or a room burnt to pieces by a fire?
In these times, everyone should have in possession of a mask, most preferably a N95 mask. They’ve been proven to block out certain toxic fumes or airborne diseases better than that of homemade ones. In the situation of a wildfire, you want to be wearing a mask to protect you and your loved ones from toxic fumes.
Have an emergency preparedness kit handy, whether that be in an easy to reach place or even in your car. Emergency kits can be the one thing standing between disaster and safety.
Most emergency kits these days include: a first aid kit, charging equipment, blankets, snacks, water bottles, flashlights or glow sticks, and masks. This is one of the easiest things you can do to protect yourself and your family.
The most important tip is to stay calm. Having high emotional stress affects everyone in the situation and isn’t that helpful when you’re trying to get to safety. If you’re the only one calm, you should do your best to take the lead.
Don’t spend time panicking about the situation when you should be evacuating. Drive away at your regular speed with your headlights on and the windows rolled all the way up.
With these tips, we hope that we were able to arm you and your family with the knowledge of health and safety. Even though we can’t predict these natural disasters, we can change how we deal with them as they come. It’s best to learn your options and best to stay informed.