American Red Cross
With fire season around the corner, is your home ready for wildfire coming? This week, April 8-14, 2012, is Florida Wildfire Awareness Week! The Red Cross urges homeowners to become aware of the dangers of wildfires and to protect themselves as well as their property from wildfires.
“Wildfires are a year round threat in Florida, but we are now entering what is considered the peak of the season,” said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan W. Koon. “Because of the dangers posed by wildfires, we urge all Floridians to become Firewise, develop a family disaster plan, and be prepared throughout the year.”
So far this year, Florida has faced approximately 1,600 wildfires, which have burned more than 52,000 acres of state and federally managed land. Florida has the second highest number of wildfires in the nation. However, as warmer temperatures and drier conditions occur, the grass and brush will begin to dry out and the fire danger will dramatically increase. Florida experience severe wildfires which destroy homes and disrupt people’s lives.
Here are wildfire safety tips:
For more information regarding strengthening your home and getting a family plan, please visit Florida Division of Emergency Management at www.FloridaDisaster.org. Please also visit Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/flsert and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/floridasert.
In addition, the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise program encourages Floridians to take proactive, preventative measures to reduce wildfire threat around their homes. You can visit their website at http://www.firewise.org/.