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Build a Disaster Preparedness Kit at Children’s Museum of Denver

Wildfire season in Colorado continues to be affected by drought conditions across the state, with the National Interagency Fire Center listing two wildfires currently burning as of July 22. According to data maintained by the Denver Post, Colorado has experienced five major wildfires so far in 2013, all of which began in June.

What: Build a Disaster Preparedness Kit at the Children’s Museum of Denver

When: 4–8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013

Where: Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver

Cost: Free, as part of TargetTuesday Nights (All adults must be accompanied by a child.)

The Colorado Bureau of Land Management notes that wildfire season typically runs May through September, so it’s not too late to make a plan to help protect you and your family in the event of a wildfire. The Denver branch of the Federal Emergency Management Agency offers tips on preparing for a wildfire, as well as what to do if a fire is approaching or reaches your home. One of the agency’s main preparedness tips is to build an emergency supply kit.

Need help building a kit? On Tuesday, Aug. 6, The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light are hosting a Good & Ready emergency natural disaster preparedness event at the Children’s Museum of Denver. There, you and your family can build and take home a free disaster preparedness kit. Four hundred kits will be available and come with items such as a hand-crank flashlight/radio, garbage bags and hand sanitizing wipes (while supplies last).

Making sure your home and property are properly equipped to protect against wildfires is a major step in prevention. However, if a disaster such as a wildfire strikes, an emergency kit will be one of the keys to help your family ride out an emergency situation. Don’t forget this important step as you weather wildfire season in Colorado.

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