FEMA and Fires

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

Despite the soggy situation outside, the rainfall is bringing much needed saturation in the hills.
But, Michael D. Brown, the director of FEMA, says they are already watching, and waiting for a disaster.
"None of us believe it's ever going to happen to me. But, it can. I may not, but it can."
He has heard too many stories after a disaster from people who lost everything.... sometimes even a loved one.
That's why he's encouraging you to take the time now to continue and make your home as prepared as possible.
"Most of the things you might need to take care of yourself, might be out of your reach. You might not be able to get to the store. You might not be able to get access to water. You might not be able to get access to electricity. So, the things you need to take care of yourself, you need to get those things in place now before the storms or fires hit."
While FEMA will be there after disaster strikes, Rich Riolo, with the division of forestry, has watched homes burn to the ground because there was nothing they could do.
"It's just like the Waterfall Fire. When it takes off, we don't have an engine to put at every house. And, a lot of times we've..... hope they give us some defensible space."
Both warn also about the lives you could protect, by protecting your home.
"You can do even simple things, like not having your firewood stocked up next to your house. Those are simple things that you can do to make the fire fighter's job easier and, in fact, may save a fire fighter's life," says Brown.
Riolo says they don't want to lose a life, to save a house.
"We're not going to risk a fire fighter's life or equipment, if people aren't going to help us out."


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