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Fire/Drought

Wildfire

  • Regularly clean the roof and gutters.
  • Maintain an area approximately 30’ away from you home that is free of anything that will burn, such as wood piles, dried leaves, newspapers and other brush.
  • Connect garden hoses long enough to reach any area of the home and fill garbage cans, tubs, or other large containers with water.
  • Review your homeowner's insurance policy and also prepare/update a list of your home's contents.
  • Get a copy of Living with Fire - Homeowners Guide ( Eastern and Western Nebraska editions) by Nebraska Forest Service

Fire Weather

  • Turn on your TV/radio. You’ll get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the route to take and have plan of where you will go. Check-in with your friends and family.
  • Keep your car fueled, in good condition, and stocked with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
  • National Weather Service- North Platte  Shawn Jacobs -Incident Meteorologist good source of information during fire season (Mar through Nov)

Drought

Conserve water

  • Take shorter showers.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Run the washer less frequently and only when you have a full load.
  • Water your lawn less frequently and do so when the temperature is cooler in the early morning or late evening.
  • When you run the tap to heat or cool water, keep a pitcher to store the water and use it to water plants.
  • Avoid washing your car.

Practice fire prevention

  • Don't set off fireworks when conditions are dry.
  • Deposit cigarette butts in the proper receptacle to avoid starting a fire.
  • Pour water over camp fires and backyard fire pits to ensure they are completely out before leaving them unattended.

Follow directions from local officials

  • If there are restrictions on water usage, be sure to heed them!