Fire Suppression Team
Before the Disaster
After the Disaster
- Take the Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Fire Suppression class.
- Maintain a list of the utility shutoff locations and water spigots for all residences in the neighborhood.
- Organize a walk around the neighborhood, so people learn where shutoff locations and water spigots are.
- Encourage everyone to have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers (sell batteries to encourage people to change batteries in smoke detectors).
- Share information from the Fire Suppression class with neighbors. Check out a video from OES and show it at one of the neighborhood meetings.
- Encourage everyone to have alternative lighting, such as flashlights or lightsticks, kerosene lanterns, and candles.
- Learn how to use the electric generator in the neighborhood cache, maintain and test it monthly.
- Maintain gas and oil for the generator.
- Encourage everyone to keep trees and shrubs trimmed away from their houses.
- Encourage the city and/or LBL to trim dry grass on the right-of-way at the top of Virginia Street.
In Case of Fire
- Form teams and check the status of utilities. Do they need to be turned off? If so, do so.
- Identify any power lines that are down and cordon them off. If possible, have people monitor the area.
- Set up a generator and a schedule for generator maintenance.
- Evacuate people
- Put out small fires (a small fire is low in intensity, low in heat. and is no larger than a door).
- In case of large fires, move vehicles away from the blaze, taking care not to block access for emergency vehicles.
- Turn off utilities.
- Wet down surrounding area.
- Close windows of surrounding homes.
- Take down curtains.
- Board up windows.
Recommended CERT classes
Basic Personal Preparedness, Fire Suppression
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