By Daniel Webster, dWeb.News Publisher
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), teamed up to test one family as part of their public education campaign during National Preparedness Month.
The Sierra Foothills family undergoes a simulated wildfire evacuation in a video posted today by PG&E’s Safety Action Center site. This demonstration shows how being prepared can bring calm to chaos.
You think you are prepared, but is it? It’s scary,” Michelle Childers, Foresthill, said. She participated in the disaster drill along with Justin and their children.
PG&E urges all customers and communities to evaluate how prepared you and your family are in case of a natural disaster. PG&E’s Safety Action Center offers valuable resources in addition to the video. You can:
- Take a quiz to find out if you know what to pack in an emergency kit
- Learn how to prepare a kit with six easy steps
- Create an emergency plan
- Learn how to create defensible space around your home
- Watch a special video series: 7 Saturdays to a more fire resistant home
‘This Was Eye-Opening’
For the Childers family, firefighters gave them just 10 minutes to get what they would need, as is often the case in a real evacuation, and leave their home. “My instinct was to have my birth certificates, passports and IDs with me, so I could get to a hotel or rebuild. Justin said that my second instinct was to look for mementos and pictures.
Michelle, who was emotional, described the first moments after Justin knocked at the door. “I got two sets of clothes for each person, some snacks that I knew the children would like, and some mementos.”
Although the family didn’t have any go-bags, they did grab important documents, change of clothes, and food.
Battalion Chief Matt Slusher from the Placer Hills Fire Department said that they did a great job. They worked well together. What if one of them was not at home during an evacuation? What would you choose to prioritize? For example the kids, if you had to be away for 72 hours, their homework, the things that are important to them because their lives are going to be turned upside down, how do you maintain a level of normalcy.”
“I was motionless,” said Michelle, who is an elementary school teacher. “You need to have a go-bag, container with food and water for 72 hours. It was very eye-opening.
We are grateful to the Childers family as well as the Placer Hills Fire Department for participating in this emergency drill. It is a good reminder to all of us to prepare for any type of emergency or natural disaster, as well as to practice our responses. It’s like muscle memory. It takes practice to master it,” stated Joe Wilson, Vice President of PG&E, North Valley & Sierra Region.
How Customers Can Prepare
Here are some simple guidelines to prepare for an emergency.
- Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first-aid supplies and cash. Make sure you have hand sanitizer and face masks in your emergency kit.
- Keep printed copies of emergency numbers and backup charging methods for your phones.
- Update your contact information online or by calling PG&E at 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours so you can receive Public Safety Power Shutoff alerts.
Prepare for medical emergencies such as medications that require refrigeration and devices that require power.
Remember to include your elderly family members, children younger than you and pets.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square miles in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/ and http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.
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