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Thursday, 08 October 2020 21:00

Wildfires and Their Impacts on the Industry

Written by Emmariah Holcomb, glassBYTEs.com

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Wildfires have severely impacted businesses, homes and more on the West Coast, and according to news reports, California recorded its first gigafire in modern history this week---a blaze that burns at least 1 million acres of land.

Impact

 

Although Glass Doctor Murrieta in Murrieta, CA, isn’t located in the area directly impacted by the current wildfire, the business has first-hand experience with the natural disaster.

 

“My heart goes out to those who are currently being affected," said Laurel Miller, Glass Doctor Murrieta franchise owner. “Wildfires are devastating and last year we were affected by a close-by wildfire.”

 

She notes last year’s wildfire taught her there is a lot the auto glass industry can do to help in local communities. Miller said she is a volunteer on a local nature preserve board, which educates the community about wildfires to spread awareness.

 

Planning Ahead

 

Although we are not aware of when a natural disaster will strike, it is important for industry businesses to have a plan in place and communicate it with their staff.


“It’s essential for business to be prepared, have a plan in place, and ensure their staff’s safety,” said Miller. “If the auto glass business has the capability to help, the most essential thing you can do in these times is to become a community drop off location so locals can donate water, food or other goods for families that are impacted.”

 

If your business has been impacted by the recent California wildfires, please share how you prepared your staff in the comment section on glassBYTEs.com. The fire has seriously affected other shops however. glassBYTEs reached out to multiple auto glass businesses in highly impacted areas and did not receive responses, as many phones were down.

 

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