Here in California, yet another fire has ravished a community. At least 85 people lost their lives, and The Camp Fire as it is known by burned more than 153,000 acres and destroyed at least 13,972 homes, as well as hundreds of other commercial and other structures, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
I feel, as REALTORS® we have to ask what we can to better prepare, ourselves, our families, our co-workers, our peers, and our clients and communities to be better prepared for when the next natural disaster occurs.
Floods, fires, hurricanes, mudslides, and earthquakes are more common and more of a threat then at any time in my life I can remember. Now I do not want to speculate on what may be the cause, I only wish to engage I preparedness. Perhaps this comes from being a Scout in my early years, more likely, however, it was my thirty years I spent in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. There are many, many resources for you to take advantage of. Local state and federal.
So... are you ready? Have you had conversations with your family?
In my marketplace, the Greater San Diego area, a good resource is Ready San Diego. They say the four pillars are 1) Make a plan; 2) Build a kit; 3) Stay informed; 4) Get involved.
Now share with your office and peers. Does your workplace have an Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) that can serve as the point person to make sure all your co-workers are safe? Later, if need be they can ask others to help with other needs that will arise. In my office, we first put together a contact system for bulk text messaging. When fire struck here, we had associates all over the county. This helped us know that our people were OK, and did or did not need assistance.
My hope is, that this will get you thinking on how you, and your peers, can prepare, ahead of the next natural disaster.