An early #tbt
to the Nunns Fire last year
So I had my first fire-season nightmare last night. One of those horrifying, heart-pounding, waking-up-paralyzed-in-terror nightmares. And it got me to thinking (you know, after I quit hyperventilating).
Last year, in October, the Napa Valley and Sonoma County saw one of the worst fire events in California’s history. Thousands of people displaced, homes and businesses and livelihoods reduced to charred heaps of ash and rubble. Most people had minutes, if not seconds, to grab their pets and leave, the fires nipping at the heels. Frankly, it makes me tear up just writing it.
But that’s not what this post is about. It’s about awareness. Planning. Being realistic. The fire folks in our lives are already saying it’s going to be another bad year and I won’t go into it without a plan.
Something like 90% of people don’t have an evac plan, a phone tree or even a bug-out bag. Do you know where you’d go? What would you do with your children? Your animals? Do you have enough trailer space? Do you have a plan B when the shelters are full and won’t take your dogs?
The world is changing. Weather events are more extreme. More fires. More hurricanes. Agree with me or not about global warming, everyone needs to have a plan.
And so I had an idea. It might not work. But what if we created a Instagram farming-community emergency plan? Get to know other farmers in your area, or even the next state over. People who have trucks and trailers and pasture space. People, who, in an emergency, might be able to lend you a hand. It’s not much, but it’s better than having nothing.
My heart aches for those in Oklahoma and the rest of the plains that are dealing with their second huge spring fire. Ranchers always try to help ranchers and it makes me proud to see the rest of the ag community step up, even if the rest of the nation barely notices. But that’s what we do. We plan and we help our neighbors. Here’s hoping the 2018 season is quiet and calm, but if it’s not....Do you have an evac plan? A bug-out bag? | #rhfarms #heritagebreeds #napafires #napastrong #beprepared #emergencypreparedness
Photo taken 10/12/2017