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The Local Lens – Get Ready for the Storm – North Lake Tahoe Fire Community Update

February 28, 2024 | Member Submitted

Submitted by North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District on 02/27/2024, Written by Tia Rancourt

Emergency Preparedness & Evacuation

Remember the Community Evacuation Drill and Forum from last summer?
We are excited to share a new resource from Washoe County Emergency Management (WCEM) to help you be prepared for any emergency: What to Expect in an Evacuation.

This informative video takes you through the steps of an evacuation, from receiving the initial alert to arriving at a shelter. It is a valuable tool for anyone who wants to understand the process and feel more confident in the event of an emergency.

Why is this video important?

  • Stay informed: Knowing what to expect can reduce stress and ensure you make informed decisions during an evacuation.
  • Be prepared: The video highlights key steps like gathering supplies, creating a communication plan, and knowing your evacuation zone.
  • Protect your loved ones: By understanding the evacuation process, you can better ensure the safety of yourself and your family.
  • WCEM Preparedness Page: https://www.washoecounty.gov/em/preparedness/index.php Please take time and become well-versed with our ‘Are you ready?’ tri-fold that talks about making an emergency plan, assembling a kit, and staying informed. We also have a Spanish version.

Share the knowledge!

Together, we can build a more prepared and resilient community.

This guide covers the necessary steps to make a family emergency plan, an evacuation plan, and how to prepare a disaster supplies kit. Review your evacuation checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your supplies kit and ensure your home preparations are addressed so if you have to evacuate, everything is in order. Part of home preparations is having Defensible Space. The Fire Adapted Communities: The Next Step in Wildfire Preparedness booklet is a great resource to help you create yours. You can also visit Tahoe Living With Fire for helpful tips on emergency preparedness. Document your home inventory and important papers here.
You can also visit Ready Washoe to learn how to:

  1. Make a plan
  2. Assemble a kit
  3. Stay informed

Your Heart, Your Community – Be a Lifesaver This Heart Month

Knowing CPR could mean the difference between life and death for someone experiencing cardiac arrest. The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District (NLTFPD) offers monthly CPR classes to empower you to save lives. Sign up today www.nltfpd.org. Be the “link in the chain of survival”!

You can also download the PulsePoint app. This innovative 911-connected app informs you of nearby emergencies and empowers you to help. When someone close by needs CPR, PulsePoint alerts you and guides you to their location. With over 1300 active users in our community, you can follow us, stay connected and if CPR is needed, lend a hand, “Get the app. Save a life.”

As the first Heart Safe Community since 2014 in the state of Nevada, we celebrate our community and continue striving to provide the best possible care to our community members.

Coming up in March: Daylight Savings/Set Your Clocks Forward One Hour & Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

Daylight Savings will be March 10th, remember to set your clocks forward one hour and if you still have battery operated smoke alarms, change the batteries, and consider replacing them with a 10-year sealed smoke alarm. Smoke alarms have a limited lifespan. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends every smoke detector be replaced after 10 years and that regular batteries be replaced every six months. With 10-year sealed battery alarms, battery replacements and late-night battery chirps are eliminated for a decade.

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