Ohio Gas Fires
Did you catch the news this morning about the village of Fairport Harbor in Ohio? A sudden increase in natural gas pressure caused at least nine homes to catch fire. The initial plan was to evacuate all 3,000 people in the village. The mayor called off the evacuation because it would be "too chaotic to get residents out of the village through only three exits." They had residents go outside of their homes and turn off their gas supplies, then remain inside until it was safe and clear.
I have a few questions... Why does the village not have an evacuation plan that accounts for the three exits? What would happen if they truly needed to evacuate? Do most people know how to turn off their gas from the outside?
I'd say that the fire chief and mayor need to do some rapid studying on emergency management. I also encourage each of you to know several evacuation routes from your homes and how to turn off all of your utilities from outside your home.