The fun thing about natural disasters is that you never know when they’re coming. They’re the spontaneous friend! If you have everything ready beforehand, you won’t even have to think when Little Miss Wildfire is at your door and ready to party.
Speed is essential in the event of a wildfire. If you’re not prepared, you’ll panic and waste travel time gathering the essentials you need to evacuate. If Little Miss Panic shows up at the door with Little Miss Wildfire, you’re boned! Studies have shown that staying calm during an emergency can save lives. If you’re prepared when disaster strikes, you won’t be flustered and can safely remove yourself and your family from danger.
That said, if you live in a houseboat in Vancouver, you are probably wise enough to know that other people are at greater risk for this particular disaster. People living in high-risk (dry, warm, and windy) areas should absolutely, definitely, no-questions-asked be ready for a wildfire. Californians, I’m looking at you!
In case you were feeling good about your state’s great weather and need to be reminded that the sun is a vengeful god, here are the top five most at-risk states for wildfires:
- California – 2,054,900 properties at risk
- Texas – 717,800 properties at risk
- Colorado – 373,900 properties at risk
- Arizona – 242,200 properties at risk
- Idaho – 175,000 properties at risk
The mathletes among us will have noticed that California is by far the most wildfire-prone state in the US, with well over double the number of at-risk properties than the second-riskiest state, Texas. If you live in any of these states (especially California or Texas), you must be prepared for a wildfire.
Let’s get started by planning things out.