Texas is one of the area in United States where wildfires often occur suddenly. Thus, it is very crucial for ranches to always be prepared to face the emergency situation. In this article, we will elaborate several important preparation you can do handle a wildfire.
Here are several preparation you can do to face a wildfire in Texas.
• Prepare your family: make sure to always have a supply kit for emergency in every personal vehicles and ranch. Make an appointment to relatives or friends outside the possible wildfire area so you are able to communicate with the rest of family members who will evacuate to those places. Check whether the supply kit for emergency fulfill the recommendation from American Red Cross. Pre-programming the GPS devices you have with several escape routes because the visibility will probably be low during the fire. Understand the evacuation routes and make sure you have multiple exits from your primary residence and headquarters. Make a disaster plan for your family that includes communication plans and meeting locations. Practice the plan regularly to prepare your family. Make sure to include large animals’ evacuation in your plan.
• Prepare your animals: create an emergency plan to feed the livestock in case the fire destroyed the graze land. Make sure to brand and register your livestock properly. Make an evacuation plan for your livestock.
• Prepare your property: make sure the area near fuel tanks or other greatly combustible equipment clear from vegetation. You need to ensure that the safe place you choose is also clear from all equipment and vegetation. If it is applicable, strengthen the fences using metal posts. Make defensible space across every structures. Maintain and establish firebreaks near structures and pastures.
• Prepare emergency supplies: make sure your emergency supply kit fulfill the standard recommended by American Red Cross. The items include sanitation supplies, battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, water (for three days), non-perishable food (for 3 days, all family members), map with evacuation routes, a can opener, a dust bandana or mask, first aid kit, extra contact lenses or eyeglasses, special medications, important contact numbers and family documents, and easily carried valuables (phones, credit cards, cash, etc.).
Those are the things you need to prepare to face a wildfire in Texas. It is important to always communicate with your fire operations and inform them about the wildfire condition near your area and cooperate with them in case they need your help.