The impacts from disasters such as wildfire or flooding are not just felt by adults, but people of all ages. During week three of National Preparedness Month we want to take a moment to share ways that teenagers and other young people can be involved in helping their families and neighbors be ready for wildfires.
Through a series of conversations with NFPA, youth living in areas with a wildfire risk expressed a want of knowledge about wildfires and how they can help their family, including pets, be ready to evacuate when needed. NFPA's TakeAction campaign was developed to meet those needs. Share the following resources with young adults, teachers, and youth leaders to give them the opportunity to play a role:
- Virtual fieldtrip series: Learn what happens to people, property and natural areas one year, five years and ten years after a major wildfire
- Household pet evacuation
- Horse evacuation
Service can be another great way to be involved and feel like you are making a difference. There are many wildfire risk reduction activities that are safe for young people to do including:
- Sweeping porches and decks clearing them of leaves and pine needles.
- Raking under decks, porches, sheds and play structures and dispose of debris
- Move any flammable material away from wall exteriors – mulch, flammable plants, leaves and needles, firewood piles – anything that can burn. Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches
Follow my colleague Lisa Braxton on Safety Source as she shares other resources to help families prepare for home fires and other disasters.