Aug. 28, 2012 — Friends of mine had to leave their home in Canyon Dam because of a mandatory evacuation during the Chips Fire. They had more than a week to secure important records and select items to move, which was helpful.
As I looked around my home I realized I am not prepared to leave should a forest fire threaten. Yet at a Chips Fire update Rocky Opliger, the incident commander, warned when the fire south of Highway 89 is extinguished there is always a chance another wildfire will threaten homes because the woods are dry.
Fire officials mentioned websites to access information about preparedness, such as wildlandfiresg.org (Ready, Set, Go!) and firewise.org. I think about all the information we have on this topic of preparedness for a great variety of situations — in the event of an earthquake, tornado, hurricane, house fire, blizzard, etc.
I can’t tell you how many times I have watched a video about getting out of an automobile submerged in water but at the moment I cannot remember a single step.
Let me explain with an example. First you see me as you walk along a darkened alley. Then you decide I’m a threat to your safety. Perception takes over. Your heart races, and your palms get sweaty as we awkwardly pass in the night. Whew. You relax, happy to have survived an encounter with danger. Here’s the problem — the reality of that perception was all in your head because I never intended you harm. Perception is reality? No, it’s not.