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From Enterprise Staff

The Polk County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is urging everyone to be prepared for wildfires due to the elevated wildfire risk.

“Hot and dry weather conditions in the state are expected to continue with no substantial precipitation in the immediate forecast to bring relief. The National Weather Service and Texas Forest Service warn that an increase in fire activity is possible for our area late this week as high temperatures persist, winds increase and soil moisture is depleted,” Polk County Emergency Management Coordinator Courtney Comstock said.

“According to the Texas Forest Service, wildfires due to lightning may emerge in dry fuels and could be difficult to contain and extinguish,” Comstock said.

Residents are encouraged to prepare a go-bag should you need to evacuate your home. Plan evacuation routes and know where you will go to seek shelter and safety. Know how to obtain information by following the OEM on Facebook for notifications and updates; visiting the website at www.PolkCountyOEM.com for information; and registering for AlertMePolkCounty to receive emergency alerts from the OEM, by visiting https://polk.genasys.com/portal/en.

To prepare for wildfires, the OEM recommends the following:

•Inform everyone in your household about the evacuation plan.

•Update important documents and store copies securely online.

•Ensure insurance policies and IDs are current.

•Locate an outdoor water source with a long hose.

•Create a 30-foot fire-resistant zone around your home.

•Practice evacuation routes with family and pets.

•Decide on a safe evacuation location.

•Keep your vehicle fueled and ready for quick departure.

•Follow local authorities’ instructions and safety guidelines.

•Prepare a go-bag with ample supplies, including a first aid kit.

•Gradually stock up on essentials to minimize shopping trips.

•Handle flammable household products with care.

•Keep your cell phone charged and have backup charging devices.

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