IT'S BEEN A DEVASTATING WEEK FOR HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES
IN NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON.
FAMILIES, BURNED OUT OF THEIR HOMES BY THE CARLTON
IN THEIR HEARTBREAK, LESSONS FOR ALL OF US - ABOUT
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE WORST.
KXLY4'S MELISSA LUCK, WORKING FOR YOU - WITH HOW YOUR
SMARTPHONE OR TABLET CAN BE YOUR SAVING GRACE IN A
300 homes were destroyed in the Carlton Complex Fire.
a staggering number, when you think of the individual
lives turned upside down.
It's hard to imagine how each of us would react if
flames were bearing down on our homes - so, the red
cross has a way to prepare now - before we're in crisis.
ONE OF THE CHALLENGES IN THE CARLTON COMPLEX FIRE
AS SOON AS THAT FIRE ROLLED THROUGH, CELL TOWERS AND
PHONE LINES WERE DESTROYED - MAKING IT REALLY DIFFICULT,
IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE, FOR PEOPLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH
THEIR LOVED ONES.
ONE OF THE FEATURES OF THE RED CROSS WILDFIRE APP
IS A SOCIAL MEDIA COMPONENT.
YOU CAN PREPARE A MESSAGE THAT GOES OUT TO EVERYONE
ON YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK - LETTING ALL YOUR FACEBOOK,
TWITTER AND EMAIL FRIENDS KNOW THAT YOU'RE OKAY WITH
ONE SIMPLE CLICK.
IT ALSO HAS A QUICK LIST OF TOOLS - INCLUDING A STROBE
LIGHT, A FLASHLIGHT AND AN ALARM - THINGS YOU MIGHT
NEED IF YOU'RE FLEEING YOUR HOME.
YOU CAN ALSO FIND SHELTERS AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA,
IF YOUR FAMILY NEEDS TO EVACUATE AND CAN'T REACH ANYONE
THE WILDFIRE APP CAN ALSO HELP YOUR FAMILY CREATE
AN EMERGENCY PLAN- WHERE YOU WOULD MEET IF YOU'RE
SEPARATED IN A DISASTER.
AND, YOU CAN EASILY SEE WHAT FIRES ARE BURNING IN
AND, TEST YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY TO SEE HOW PREPARED
YOU REALLY ARE.
It's a tool none of us think we'll need.
but, this month's fires remind us - it can happen.
and, it's worth the time to be prepared.
You can find the APP in your app store - search Red
and you can find more information on my facebook page
- just search Melissa Luck, kxly.