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National Preparedness Month Spotlight: Prepare for Wildfires

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Written by Anne Dreshfield

In honor of National Preparedness Month, we’re sharing stories every week related to FEMA’s themes of preparing for emergencies, including floods, wildfires, hurricanes, power outages, and more.

To find out how you can best prepare for emergencies, visit www.ready.gov/september.

Research shows that connected communities are the most resilient in the face of disaster. To join your Nextdoor neighborhood and connect with your community, visit www.nextdoor.com and enter your email and home address.

When wildfires were burning out of control in the Los Angeles area, a local neighbor, Jim, took to Nextdoor to keep his neighbors up to date and informed about the fires that were threatening their neighborhood.

“Nextdoor truly is a great tool that helped keep our homes safe.”

“I’ve never been one to be considered a huge neighborhood advocate, but after coming across Nextdoor, I realized the importance a site like this could have in building a stronger neighborhood,” says Jim. “With the fires that forced my neighborhood to evacuate our homes, my neighbors turned to Nextdoor to send and receive up-to-the-minute information on the fires.”

Using Nextdoor was especially critical, since many residents had not signed up for the reverse 911 calls from the city. Jim credits Nextdoor for helping keep the neighborhood aware, informed, and ready to spring into action if necessary.

“Nextdoor truly is a great tool that helped keep our homes safe.”

Have your own story about how you’ve used Nextdoor? Tell us about it.

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