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How Do YOU Prepare for Disaster? Tune in Monday, Sept. 8 with #NatlPrep!

Posted by Angela Harless, USDA Office of Communications in Conservation
Feb 21, 2017

September is National Preparedness Month. And as disasters continue to affect regions across America each year, USDA will participate in this year's America's PrepareAthon! to discuss how USDA can help you prepare your home, your family and your community for when disaster strikes.

Our goal during National Preparedness Month is to help you prepare through a variety of activities.

Be sure to join USDA for a Twitter chat aimed to empower individuals and communities with the information needed to be prepared for any disaster.  USDA's mission is broad and offers assistance before and after disasters. USDA experts from all over the department will be discussing a host of topics that range from how to help protect your home from wildfire to what you can do to prepare for winter storms and how to be food safe when the power goes out.

Tune into @USDA and follow along with #NatlPrep on Monday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PT) to learn how USDA can help YOU prepare your family and community if a disaster strikes.

And if you happen to be near USDA headquarters on Sept. 12, you can meet with USDA and FEMA disaster preparedness experts in person at the USDA Farmer's Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Smokey Bear will be making a special appearance as well.  The USDA Farmer's Market is located at 12th St. and Independence Ave., SW, near the Smithsonian (blue/orange line) Metro stop.

Launched in April 2014, America's PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted at the national level every fall and spring.

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Charles Edward Weber
Sep 05, 2014

I take note of your concern over forest fire loss. There is nothing more destructive than a forest fire, not only to plants but also to most animals. I suggest that we should take much more action to prevent such loss than we do. I know of an inexpensive way of creating a forest fire break that would limit the damage. That is to create cleared strips with a plywood wall, especially if combined with a wooden pipe sprinkler system. If the wall were treated with sodium silicate solution it would become fire proof itself. I do not have data as to the feasibility of preventing rain from washing out the sodium silicate, but I am confident that certain paints would work. You may see this discussed in detail in http://www.angelfire.com/nc/isoptera/index.html or in this journal article http://gsjournal.net/Science-Journals/Essays-Engineering%20%28Applied%2… .
As for preemptive fires, deliberate setting of fires in our forests borders on insanity. Letting accidental fires rage out of control is almost as nutty. A much more sensible solution would be to remove and grind up debris and brush either for farm soil organic amendments or to generate electricity, the last giving a by product of potassium hydroxide for acid soil. It would be much safer than coal mining and probably cheaper.

Even if I have not persuaded you that forest fires are not a good idea, at least I am sure you would agree that protecting people’s wooden homes located in forests would be in order. It is not too smart to allow our homes outside of forests to burn down either. When they are rebuilt, huge amounts of energy and wood are used. Funerals for the ones who fail to make it out in time use a fair amount of energy also. My vote is none of such funerals and many less for coal miners by use of sodium or potassium silicate.

Sincerely, Charles Weber