Emergency Prepardness

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Emergency Preparedness
The world has encountered multiple disasters throughout the past decade. The devastation from tsunamis, mudslides, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, wildfires, super storms, and terroristic attacks impacts the lives of millions, and the affects will be felt for generations. A "disaster is an event that causes a level of destruction, death, or injury that affects the abilities of the community to respond to the incident using available resources" (Nies & McEwen, 2011, p. 562). The state of Texas has experienced severe drought conditions for several years. Severe drought conditions place Texas at high risk for wildfires and flooding. In 2011 Texas experienced the most devastating wildfire season the state has seen in years. The worst wildfire in the state's history "broke out in Bastrop County on Sept. 4, a hot, dry, windy Sunday afternoon. Before firefighters got it contained, the Bastrop County Complex Fire covered some 34,000 acres, claimed two lives and destroyed more than 1,600 homes" (Fountain & Nottingham, 2011, n.p.).
Extreme drought conditions placed professional and volunteer firefighters on high alert; as red flag warnings posted, and threats of dangerous fire conditions continued. On Sunday, September 4, around 14:15 in the afternoon, Bastrop County dispatch received a call about a brush fire near U.S. 290 and Texas 21, in the Circle D neighborhood, sparked by what appeared to be a downed power line. By the time Bastrop County Deputy Sheriff Molly Davis responded to the call, the brush fire was out of control (Gandara, 2011, n.p.). Before fire trucks arrived, Davis began evacuating residents. Shortly after fire trucks arrived, a deep realization set in and efforts quickly turned from fighting the fire to evacuating the community. Fire fighters went door to door evacuating residents, as Davis used the intercom…...

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