Now that it’s summer it means a lot of things.
Sonic has half off milkshakes all summer long after eight PM!!!
Traffic is not as bad in the mornings! Amen!
But the biggest thing about summer (in the South West) is that it’s extremely hot and dry!
So although we don’t have to worry about earth quakes, hurricanes or tornadoes we do have to worry about forest fires.
Right now the town of Colorado Springs is losing homes because of a fire. New Mexico just suffered our largest fire in history.
Be smart people – don’t flick you cigarettes out your window (actually don’t smoke eww), don’t light fireworks that are illegal (or at all) basically don’t do anything that will start a fire or could start a fire!
So let’s all take a page from Smokey the Bear and prevent forest fires. We already have to worry about lightning starting the fire – let’s not add to that!
So – on another note – funny story about Smokey the Bear. Having grown up in an area that is prone to forest fires, when I was little Smokey the Bear and that owl friend of his would always come to our school and talk to us. Well, we were little so we totally believed that they were in fact a bear and an owl. Until one day my brother walked in on Smokey the Bear changing out of his costume! It was a sad day to learn that some stranger was actually impersonating Smokey the Bear!!!! It was worse than finding out the tooth fairy was not real 😦
For live coverage of the Colorado Springs fire AKA the Waldo Canyon Fire click here.
Here is how you can help!
Update! We (PR Newswire.com) posted this release today.
HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
HOW TO FIND RED CROSS SHELTERS People who have been forced to evacuate can find out where Red Cross shelters are open by going to www.redcross.org or accessing the free Red Cross phone app. Both are refreshed with updated information every 30 minutes. Residents can also monitor local media—radio, newspaper and television—to find out where local shelters are located.
REGISTER ON SAFE AND WELL The Red Cross Safe and Well website is also available. People affected by the fires and flooding can access the site and let loved ones know where they are. There are several ways to register on Safe and Well, or search for a loved one. From a computer, visit redcross.org; from a smart phone, visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to be connected with one’s local Red Cross chapter.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.