Disaster readiness

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The devastation of losing a home to fire can be compounded by what follows: a long process involving insurance paperwork, site cleanup, and rebuilding. 

Oregon's Department of Consumer and Business Services offers some tips on thinking about disasters before they happen.  DCBS urges people to make sure they have adequate insurance, and take a home inventory when things are quiet and no threat is looming. 

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The fire or hurricane or mass shooting can be many miles away, but events like those can affect children anywhere.  And recent research shows that school teachers should be ready to discuss disasters with their students. 

Our media-rich world makes it easy for children to keep up on disasters, but the coverage can scare kids and even affect their mental health. 

Brian Houston directs the Disaster and Community Crisis Center at the University of Missouri. 

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Disasters can come with some lead time, like hurricanes, or they can be sudden, like earthquakes and fires. 

Either way, it pays to prepare for times when conditions are not under our control.  September is National Preparedness Month, a time to... well, the name is pretty clear, isn't it? 

The City of Talent is starting up a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Klamath County has had a CERT for a while. 

Ashland Fire Officials Urge Caution

Aug 24, 2015
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  Summer may be drawing to a close, but fire season will be with us for at least a few more weeks.  Which is why the bosses at Ashland Fire and Rescue are putting out reminders of things people can do to prepare for the possibility of a wildfire nearby.

Ashland had a close call with the Siskiyou Fire in September of 2009, and the city's proximity to forested land makes it ever-vulnerable.