Kendra and I have been watching the news on TV, hearing the radio and of course the newspapers about some real emergencies lately here in Utah. It is June 2012 and in Utah according to the newspaper we have had over 400 fires this year so far. Here are just two stories in particular in Utah:
Utah Governor Herbert said Friday that 380 of the 400 wildfires this year in Utah were human caused. Anticipated Thunderstorms and Fireworks season have local authorities worried.
The BLM allowed 2300 evacuees from 600 homes to return home in the Saratoga Springs, Utah and Eagle Mountain, Utah area. The fire is only 30% contained but moving away from populated areas.
A 16,500 acre fire near Delta, Utah is 63% contained and hasn’t threatened local communities.
The Southern Utah newspaper The Spectrum 6/24/2012 reported a fast-moving wildfire driven by gusty winds swept through the hills between Harrisburg and Leeds, Utah near St. George, Utah. As of 8:00 p.m. on 6/23/2012 the fire had burned about 1200 acres and was 10% contained. On Sunday Channel KUTV2 is now saying 1700 acres has burned.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning and noted the grasses and plants that fuel wildfires and brush fires are at the driest level they’ve been during the last 20 years.
The Church Camp Fire that’s in Duchesne County as of 6/26/2012 has burned 4000 acres and was 0% contained. This afternoon 6-27-2012 New Harmony has a fire burning and a portion of the city has been evacuated.
The BIG fire in Utah as of 6-26-2012 had burned over 38,900 acres. They had 25-30 houses destroyed. The towns of Fairview and Birdseye have been evacuated.
Kendra and I are asking that you get with friends, family and neighbors and make sure everyone is ready to evacuate with their own 72 hour kit or bug out bags. One more note….please keep your gas tanks full…no less than 3/4′s of a tank at least. You might be glad you filled that tank!
Now more than ever we think it is very important to have your important documents put together, and to have a 72 hour kit for each member of your family. We designed some pages on our dropdowns under “72 Hour Kits” It might look overwhelming, but if you do it a week at a time you will be surprised at the end of the year what you have. We have had a lot of people ask how to get started. We are excited to introduce to you our new “Let’s do it Together” Thursday post where we will challenge you to get one thing a week for your food storage and one thing for your 72 hour kit.
So this week our Challenge to you is to start with the following items:
72 Hour Kit/Bug Out Bags – Backpack, Bag or a Box (for each member of your family)! Kendra found a whole bunch of rolling backpacks for 3.98 at Down East Home that are actually Pottery Barn brand with random names on them. But they will work perfectly and they have a handle with wheels which will be easy for the kids to pull around!
Food Storage – a Bucket of Wheat! (you don’t even have to have a wheat grinder to use what you buy, we will teach you great ways to use wheat)
We all know how bad we want a wheat grinder, or a Sun Oven, and all those other cool products…but they are expensive. So we suggest to put $5 dollars away per week in an envelope and at the end of the year you will have $240 to buy something that you really want!!