Wildfires

    If there is one thing the 2017 California wildfires illustrated, once they take hold, it is an incredibly uphill battle to gain control.

    According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the Thomas Fire alone destroyed 1,063 structures and damaged 280 more, making it the largest fire in California’s history.

    If you live in an area prone to wildfires, here is what you can do to reduce your risks and how you should react should a wildfire be reported.

    WHN TIP – Be safe, be smart and be prepared!


  • How I Recovered After a Wildfire: Jacqueline Lloyd’s Story

    On October 25, 2003, the Cedar Fire destroyed 2,232 residences and burned more than a quarter of a million acres. Thirteen civilians died, one firefighter died, and one hundred and four firefighters were injured in the containment of that blaze. But some were lucky: Jacqueline Lloyd, the author of The Thief of Sacred, lost many […]

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  • How I Survived a Wildfire: Jacqueline Lloyd’s Story

    On October 25, 2003, the Cedar Fire destroyed 2,232 residences and burned more than a quarter of a million acres. Thirteen civilians died, one firefighter died, and one hundred and four firefighters were injured in the containment of that blaze. But some were lucky: Jacqueline Lloyd, the author of The Thief of Sacred, lost many possessions […]

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  • Bob Worsley’s Wildfire Story

    On June 22nd, 2002, the Rodeo-Chediski fire (considered the largest fire in the history of the Southwest) ravaged Arizona, consuming 150,000 acres of land and spreading over 26 miles in a single day. Four hundred and fifty homes were destroyed in the fire, but some survived: Bob Worsley, founder of SkyMall and current CEO of […]

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  • Mudslides: Preparation and Survival

    After a heavy rain or rapid snowmelt, mudslides can occur. Also known as debris flows, they are a common type of fast-moving landslide that tends to flow in channels. According to the CDC, mudslides are more likely in the following areas: Where wildfires or human modification of the land have destroyed vegetation; Where landslides have occurred before; Steep […]

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  • 3 FAQs About Wildfires

    The more you know and understand about the causes of wildfires, the better you can protect yourself, your family and your home from wildfire loss and injury. This information is from Ready.gov, the National Interagency Fire Center and Smokey the Bear. What Are the Three Classes of Wildfires? A “surface fire” is the most common type […]

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  • After a Fire: 5 Common Homeowner Mistakes

    In the aftermath of a house fire, most homeowners are too distraught to think clearly about what to do next such as secure the property, remove important documents and notify the mortgage company. Wesley Phillips, president of Bryant-Phillips Associates, a North Carolina-based licensed general contractor, details five typical mistakes people make post-fire. Not Hiring a Licensed General […]

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  • 4 FAQs About a NOAA Weather Radio

    NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Known as the “voice of the […]

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  • 4 Steps to Prepare Your Home for a Natural Disaster

    Whether it’s high winds, flash floods or snowy weather, your home will be your shelter from the storm. Make it a strong shelter! Below are tips from disaster victims, home improvement professionals and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). WHN TIP — Just Ask! Not sure about certain home improvement projects or what would be best for the weather […]

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  • Mobile Homes: 12 Disaster Preparedness Tips

    If you’re one of the 22 million Americans that call a mobile home “home,” you’re aware how important disaster preparedness is. In 2008, 45% of tornado-related deaths were people living in mobile homes. Although older mobile homes seem to suffer the most damage during weather-related disasters, all are vulnerable – especially if the weather is a direct hit, […]

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