Recently, a wildfire in Fort McMurray, Canada, caused billions of dollars of damage and forced nearly 100,000 to evacuate the city. The fire was started by an unknown cause, and is still burning in some places today. Because of the destruction and speed of the fire, there are several lessons that can be learned about disasters or these similar events.
1. Always have an emergency kit in your car. Several news articles mentioned cars stuck on the side of the highway without gas, food, water, or basic supplies. Families leaving with kids and pets were hungry and thirsty, some for days. Even some basic food and water would have made the world of difference.
2. Have your emergency kit ready at home. Some people barley had enough time to grab anything, meaning that a disorganized kit would be impossible to take. Also, its not a bad idea to put some important family memories in a box for quick removal.
3. Make sure your vehicle is up to date. Make sure to always have at least half a tank of gas in your car. Also make sure no lights are out and that the tire pressure is correct.
4. Finally, make sure you have a family plan for emergencies. Make sure you can contact everyone, and if not, where you would meet or what you would do.
Click on the articles below for more information about the fire: