It's Getting Hot In Here: Heatwaves, Wildfires, Droughts

Like really, really hot...

Long, sweaty story short, right now the entire western United States is experiencing the worst drought in 20 years and then add to that a heat dome of crazy-high record-breaking temperatures in the Northwest. That's resulted in the highest temperatures Portland and Seattle have seen - ever. Why? Not a lot of rain, not a lot of snow, climate change, yadda yadda. Scientists have been warning us about these extreme weather events, and now they're here.

So what does this mean for wildfires across the country?

Well, it pretty much means we’re going to have a lot of them now. Last year was hands down the worst, but this one might be a doozy as well. Good thing is, we can prepare now to stay cool and stay safe.

For heat waves, make sure you're storing at least 2 gallons of water per person in your family for ideally a two week supply, heat dome or not!

For wildfires, make sure you pack your Go Bags now, prep your home (clear debris from around your house), and know your safe locations.

Speaking of wildfires, here’s something else wild.

Did you know what wildfires can contaminate your drinking water?

Wildfires don’t just burn things. They can really mess things up in a variety of ways. In addition to causing deadly power outages in cities across the country they can also damage water distribution systems.

When that happens, carcinogens run amuck. Not good.

Make sure you have enough emergency water stored for your whole family - both humans and pets! You can figure all that out using the harbor app.

Greyshirts to the rescue!

An organization of many talents...

Team Rubicon, long known for its Veteran volunteers who’ve helped in natural disaster cleanups, are now trying their hand at preventing wildfires. This is pretty darn cool - or hot, rather - because oftentimes organizations and governments are focused on aftermath.

With an approach like this, more wildfires can be prevented.

That’s some good stuff right there.

A little something to smile about...

What would monkeys do?

After Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, scientists predicted the “rhesus macaques” species of monkey would stick to their own social networks. Normally they’re very aggressive and territorial, but this time the monkeys actually expanded their friend groups and pooled their resources for the benefit of many.

It’s a wild reminder that even when times are tough, facing problems is better together. So whether you're lending a hand after a hurricane or sharing a refreshing drink of water at a cooling center, remember that we've all got the same address - planet Earth.