On Tuesday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I interviewed Community Preparedness Program Manager Fran Santagata about “Preparing for Wildfires and Evacuations.” The podcast of that episode is now available for streaming or downloading.

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Podcast: 2 July 2013

Colorado is experiencing yet another very destructive – even deadly – fire season. What can people do to prepare for that? How can they mitigate the risk to their property? How can they make sure that people and animals are evacuated safely?

Fran Santagata currently serves as the Community Preparedness Program Manager for the Office of Preparedness for Homeland Security & Emergency Management for the state of Colorado. She responsible for all aspects of community preparedness for the state. Prior to her current position, Santagata served as the Director of Emergency Management for Douglas County, Colorado.

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  • Disasters requiring evacuation
  • Colorado’s current wildfire season, including the current risks
  • Priorities in evacuation
  • Communicating and planning with family
  • Planning to protect animals, both pets and livestock
  • Mitigating wildfire risk around the home now
  • Emergency notifications
  • Last-minute tasks before evacuation
  • Knowing your routes
  • Options for shelter
  • Returning home after evacuation
  • Responsibility for yourself
  • Fireworks on Fourth of July


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