In times when tight state and municipal budgets tend to drive staffing and spending decisions, would you want a less-than-adequate firefighting crew extinguishing the fire? Wouldn’t you want enough firefighters to rescue you and your family if your home caught on fire?
Emergency and disaster management briefing for August 19, 2016: California's Blue Cut Fire continues to burn, a new fire starts in rugged terrain near Santa Barbara, officials arrest three individuals in connection with the Blue Cut Fire, wildfire threat shifts eastward, Zika appears in Miami Beach, the Red Cross says flooding in Louisiana is the worst disaster since Superstorm Sandy, DHS offers to help ensure cybersecurity for elections, officers in Chicago may be fired over Laquan McDonald reports, Germany reports an earthquake near the Falkland Islands, and Tropical Storm Fiona forms in the Atlantic Ocean.
Climate change is impacting weather and precipitation patterns, increasing dry periods and creating extended droughts across the nation, which places these locations at much higher risks for wild fires.
The 2015 Wildfire season closes as the worst ever on record with an unprecedented 10.12 million acres burned. Climate Central attributes much of it to increasing temperatures, the extended drought, and fire suppression over the last 100 years. Websites offer fire emergency response information, mitigation measures, and education materials and information for individuals and communities to become better prepared, thereby increasing resilience.