The City of Harrison is in the process of developing this page to keep the residents of Harrison informed on emergency plans regarding landslides, wildfires, earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters which may occur in our area.

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THIRTEEN STEPS TO DISASTER PREPAREDNESS:

  1. PLANNING. Develop a family emergency plan that contains important telephone number (including out-of-area contact), family assemble areas, and other useful information.

  2. FOOD STORAGE. Store enough food for a minimum of 4 days for your family and provide for an alternate means of cooking. Remember your pets.

  3. WATER STORAGE. Plan to store a minimum of 4 days drinking water for each member of your household. It’s suggested that one gallon per day for each person be stored in plastic containers designed for that purpose.

  4. HEATING AND LIGHTING. Develop an alternative means of heating and lighting. Consider safely using wood stoves, propane or kerosene heaters, lanterns or oil lamps. Contact your local fire department for proper usage and ventilation requirements. Have flashlights and extra batteries available.

  5. MEDICAL CARE. Purchase a good first aid kit. Don’t forget prescription medications.

  6. COMMUNICATIONS. Have a battery operated radio tuned to your local Emergency Alert System station for your area. Have an alternative way of charging your phone in case of a power outage.

  7. INDIVIDUAL COMFORT. Gather warm winter outerwear, sturdy shoes, rain gear, gloves, thermal underwear, extra blankets and sleeping bags. Be prepared to relocate to an emergency shelter.

  8. SANITATION. Make adequate provisions for the safe disposal of human excrement.

  9. FINANCES. Plan to have a little extra cash on hand.

  10. HOME CARE. If the heat source for your home is interrupted, know how to winterize your home to prevent frozen pipes.

  11. TRANSPORTATION. Plan to keep your gas tank as full as possible. Always work off the top half.

  12. IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS. Gather photocopies or original copies of important documents (i.e., marriage licenses, birth certificates, insurance policies, deeds, car titles, school transcripts creditor information, etc.) and store them in a safe place.

13. ADOPT A NEIGHBOR. If there is someone in your neighborhood that is elderly, or disabled, or less fortunate than you, include them in your preparedness plans.

PROTECTING YOUR HOME FROM WILDFIRE:

Create a 30 to 50 foot safety zone around your home

Within this area, you can take steps to reduce potential exposure to flames and radiant heat. Homes built in pine forests should have a minimum safety zone of 100 feet. If your home sits on a steep slope, standard protective measures may not suffice. Contact your local fire department or forestry office for additional information.

  • Rake leaves, dead limbs and twigs. Clear all flammable vegetation.

  • Remove leaves and rubbish from under structures.

  • Thin a 15-foot space between tree crowns, and remove limbs within 15 feet of the ground.

  • Remove dead branches that extend over the roof.

  • Prune tree branches and shrubs within 15 feet of a stovepipe or chimney outlet.

  • Ask the power company to clear branches from power lines.

  • Remove vines from the walls of your home.

  • Mow grass regularly.

  • Clear a 10-foot area around propane tanks and the barbecue. Place a screen over the grill - use non-flammable material with mesh no coarser than one-quarter inch.

  • Regularly dispose of newspapers and rubbish at an approved site. Follow local burning regulations. If you have questions about current fire conditions please contact St. Maries Fire at 208-245-5253.

  • Place stove, fireplace and grill ashes in a metal bucket, soak in water for two days, the bury the cold ashes in mineral soil.

  • Store gasoline, oily rags and other flammable materials in approved safety cans. Place cans in a safe location away from the base of buildings.

  • Stack firewood at least 100 feet away and uphill from your home. Clear combustible material within 20 feet. Use only UL-approved wood burning devices.