With this grant I hosted an educational event. Unfortunately, it was a bust in my community. There were a total of three firefighters, two speakers, two children of one of the speakers, Joe and myself. I was really disappointed as there had been another wildfire in Kansas in March this year.
One of the speakers said that he stopped at the local short stop for a cup of coffee and the coffee group was there and they knew about the event. When he mentioned they should attend, they told him there was nothing he could teach them about wildfires that they didn't already know.
I was sad to hear that.
I am sure that the farmers and ranchers in south and southwest Kansas thought the same thing at one time in their life. Yet, a wildfire threatened the town of Ashland, Kansas and several towns along the southwest border. To save Ashland, the farmers took their tractors and plowed a dirt ring around the town.
The pictures of these wildfires are devastating. Pastures were burned, fences destroyed, homes were lost, and dead cattle had to be buried. Some folks in that area are still recovering.
The Kansas Livestock Association has been collecting donations of money, cattle, hay, fencing material, etc. And volunteers by the hundreds have turned up to help in anyway they can.
The church I belong to, took up a donation and sent it to a church in Ashland. The money went toward feeding the volunteers who showed up to help.
I would like to think that my area would get lots of outside help if we were hit by a wildfire or another type of disaster. Yet, there is nothing like being prepared for that disaster to make your life easier if and when it does happen to you.
This week, May 7-13 is Hurricane Preparedness Week. Even if you do not live along the coastal region, you still might be affected by a Hurricane. Hurricanes can bring rains that move inland and rain can cause flooding and mud slides.
Take time to prepare yourself and your family for a disaster.
It is always better to be safe than to be sorry.
Below are some photos from Google Images of the Kansas wildfire.