It’s like a scene from one of those end-of-the-world movies; only this one is real.
Filipino-Americans in San Fernando Valley are prepared for possible evacuation during the event of a wildfire that is ravaging parts of California.
A Filipina identified only as Lerma said in a story by GMA News: “Pag emergency kelangan mga unan, blanket at tubig, delata na madaling buksan, kailangan nakahanda na, nakalagay na ho sa likod ng sasakyan.” [Items like pillow, blanket and easy-to-open canned goods should be ready at the trunk of the car in case of emergency].
An estimated 100,000 Fil-Ams are living in San Fernando Valley, where the wildfire have already razed some 100 houses as of Dec. 7, 8:04PM (PH time).
Iah Teves, another Filipino in California said: “We just have to close the window… avoid opening the doors because it’s so windy and dusty.”
Meanwhile, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) released an advisory for Filipinos and Fil-Ams living along the path of the wildfire to evacuate if necessary. The agency is closely monitoring the wildfires.
California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency.
The wildfire was dubbed as “The Thomas Fire”, which has gutted more than 18,210 hectares of land area and forced thousands to flee.