Utilities do not have reinforcement to prevent power poles or gas and water

Utilities do not have reinforcement to prevent power

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are still vulnerabilities to this and those are utilities, gas stations, and vehicles. Utilities do not have reinforcement to prevent power poles or gas and water pipelines from bursting open and causing indirect hazards. This is something that should be addressed by the city in order to minimize these possibilities from occurring. A possible solution would to reinforce these poles so that they do not fall at all or entirely. As far as pipelines go, there is not much you can do since pipes have weak spots due to the manufacturing process of metal. Wildfires Wildfires are a hazard that can be caused in two different ways. One is natural occurrences or due to human negligence. Hesperia is a town that resides in the High Desert which allows for the growth of brush and other types of vegetation that is exceptional for wildfires. Wit the overall amount of vegetation that is present in this city, you can expect to find any building to be surrounded by vegetation. Due to this nature, Hesperia has implemented a weed abatement program in order to help prevent wildfires from becoming a threat to any kind of infrastructure. Then there is also the enforcement of the most recent California Fire Code alongside any amendments by the city such as residential fire sprinklers. Due to the nature of wildfires, there is a lot that needs to be done in the event of one. When a wildfire starts in area such as Hesperia, mitigation plans need to act as quickly as 3
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Community Hazard Analysis, Vulnerability Assessment, and Mitigation Strategies possible. Fires can spread very quickly due to the amount of vegetation that is available as fuel and weather influence such as high wind speeds and dry heat with high temperatures. There is currently a total of 3 fire stations and also have agreements with the town of Apple Valley and the Apple Valley Fire District to receive assistance when necessary. Wildfires can destroy anything in its path within a matter of minutes and can take a long time to recover from the damages that can be experienced. That being said, the best way to protect infrastructure is to do what the city of Hesperia has been doing. Roughly 50-60% of Hesperia lands in the High Severity Zone according to the CAL FIRE Fire Hazard Severity Zone maps. This is necessary in order to understand the probability of a wildfire occurrence with all aspects considered to include historical data of occurrences, vegetation maps, etc. Just like the earthquake hazard, the wildfire hazard has also been addressed in the same emergency mitigation plan for the city of Hesperia. This hazard is outlined with past and present historical data as well as any methods that will be used to prevent this disaster. Fire hazards are recognized in just about everything. There are warning labels on products that let people know it is flammable. Then there is the potential of something to be fuel for a fire. This still is not enough though. The overall measures set in place still have response times as well as plans of action that are mainly for when the flames have already begun engulfing what is in its path. The overall community needs to know fire safety and know what to do in case of an emergency. Also, the necessity of fire extinguishers should be mandatory. Having one ready to go can help control
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