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I clicked on the link that showed up with the words Trinity County. So horrifying to see that fire. I've been thru two that affected me directly, and a total of three where I was a volunteer to help others. Terrifying and horrible. At least earthquakes are over in a matter of a min or even seconds.

Edited to add: it appears that county is on Nixle. If you, Bay, have a smart phone (which I think you do), sign up for the Nixle alerts on that county's Nixle site and so you'll get important, maybe life saving alerts to disasters for your area.

What is Nixie? And scroll through Sheriff Woody Wallace’s posts. He puts everything online, busting a grow house, arrests, you name it. It’s on video. Some of his videos make roll, laughing. He has a dry humor. Methy 911 Call was hilarious.

Trinity county has just under 15,500 people in it. Sheriff has 40,000 followers. He doesn’t play politics, he does his job and then some. He has done fund raisers for sick children, and asking prayers for the children. He has a monthly Sheriff’s Breakfast, donations only, to raise money for trade school scholarships. He awarded 9 scholarships of $1100 each at graduation this year. If something is going on in his county, he is there. Not exactly a desk man.
 

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Nixle is an alert system, that towns/counties contract with to send out emergency announcements. You, a resident of a community that has engages Nixle, signs up free of charge to get those alerts on your smart phone. I believe it also works with a dial up phone, providing recorded messages.

I had Nixle, CalFire and a fire group on FB in Angels Camp CA. Both kept me up to date on the Butte Fire, as half of my town was evacuated and I was on level 2 alert.

I had Nixle and Ore Dept of Fire and a fire group on FB in Grants Pass OR where I was on level 2 alert for the Taylor Creek Fire.

Where I'm almost 90% moved to, this town doesn't have a contract with Nixle. Bad mistake....
 

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Loma Prieta Earthquake San Francisco Bay area in 1989. 6.9 magnitude. 63 people died. 15 seconds long. (left like a one min quake when I was in my office). Tons, literally, of destruction, even with our earthquake resistant infrastructure.

Had one here in Southern WA two weeks ago. Felt the floor rumble for about 4 seconds. No damage.

Doesn't play politics; does his job: Yes one of the good ones for sure!!

 

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During wildfire alerts we try to keep the stock trailer hitched. If we are evacuated the dogs go to the local shelter which will keep them for evacuation victims, the fairgrounds take in the horses and some sheep and goats.

Last evacuation fire we had we were not in the state and DS1 took care of everything. DD1 and her family were staying at our home while they waited to move into their rental, so was DD2. DS1 picked up children from school, had them pack bags, then loaded up the dogs. DD1 and DSIL1 knew nothing since they were at work. DS1 called them to notify of the fie and evacuation. DD1 came home and drove the children to her friend's home. Our truck was in the shop so DD2 and her boyfriend haltered the horses and led them down the road to the park where they were temporarily tied up until they could be trailered out. DS3 drove 3 hours down from Nipomo through several other wildfires to pick them up in his stock trailer and brought them to his place. The sheep remained until DS2 (who was working 3 hours south) went to his friend's house, and borrowed her truck and trailer, loaded them up and hauled them out. We had no phone or TV reception and knew nothing for 3 days! Worst fire ever - if we had not had our sheep to scour the ground and reduce all vegetation to dirt, we would have lost our barn, house, al our possessions, etc. As it was the dire hit our fences ad the bare ground within them and burned around our place. The fire department were able to stage on our flat area to fight the fire raging in the 100 acres + of empty brush behind us. Winds were 60-80 mph! Fire wasn't just traveling by burning, it was jumping large areas blown by the winds and traveling fast. Crossed the freeway, the wash, and came so fast into Shadow Hills it caught people with cars in driveways and horses still in corrals that didn't get out. Horrible.

So glad that the fire s contained. Sheriff Woody Wallace sounds just like the sort of sheriff you want to have.
 

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We need a second truck now too since we need our truck to hitch our 5th wheel to live in if the house goes. DS2's truck will pull the stock trailer. But will the sheep all fit???? We can ride Josie the Mule out. A lot of people just open the gates and let the horses and livestock run before the fire. At least they have a chance to get clear.

I used to have nightmares that our house was on fire and I had to get everything out of the house. Horrible. Now I would just grab the 4-H record books (which have so much of my children's lives in them), jewelry and important papers we keep in special folders, and leave everything else to burn.
 

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