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National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
Fire is a natural part of our environment. As we choose to live in areas where wildfires occur, we must adapt the way we design, build and live within these areas to prepare our communities for wildfire. A fire adapted community understands its risks and takes actions that minimize harm to residents, homes, businesses, parks, and other community assets. The Fire Adapted Communities Infographic is an excellent visual tool to learn what it takes to make your community fire adapted. Know your role, know your region, protect what matters, and find out more with this Fire Adapted Communities Infographic.
Last summer, the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado prompted the evacuation of more than 32,000 people in the region. A month after the fire was contained, a pair of local organizations that support people with disabilities, The Independence Center and the Rocky Mountain ADA Center, held a public forum and conducted online surveys to collect information on accessibility barriers encountered during the fire.
Earlier this month, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) launched the Fire Adapted Communities website as a resource for homeowners, businesses and emergency managers to make their communities more defensible against wildfires. Read author Hilton Collins’ article about Fire Adapted Communities in Emergency Management magazine.
Part of being a member of a Fire Adapted Community means staying connected and staying informed. Do you know where to find up to date wildland fire incident information from reliable and trusted sources? Do you know how to monitor wildfire activity in your state?
In light of recent and devastating wildfires throughout the country, more and more people are talking about becoming fire adapted. In another installment of FAC on the radio, listen to experts discuss Fire Adapted Communities on Aspen Public Radio.
As the western U.S. comes off a tough wildfire season, more collaboration is needed to guard against catastrophic fires and to restore charred forests and rangeland, a senior federal official said at a Western Governors' Association meeting Saturday.
If you are in the Denver Colorado area tomorrow (2/22/13), it is not too late to signup for
great FAC training opportunity. Head over to IBHS's Website for
Join FAC coalition partner NFPA in Salt Lake City for the 5th Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference, November 14-16. Share your knowledge, build relationships, explore key issues and learn about important wildfire mitigation tools and resources to help you and your community prepare for and adapt to living with wildfire.
Join communities throughout the U.S. on Saturday, May 3, 2014 as the National Fire Protection Association launches its first national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
Check out this webinar summary to learn about some of the FAC Learning Network's Hubs and Pilot Communities major accomplishments.
Join the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) on Thursday, April 18 at 11 am ET, for their complimentary webinar, "Lessons from the Waldo Canyon Fire" and discuss how the city of Colorado Springs' wildland fire safety programs could be applied in your community.
Fire Prevention Officer Bode Mecham explains in 90 seconds what you can do to create a defensible space around your home.
Mowery was interviewed at NFPA's Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.
Ira Flatow, host of NPR's Science Friday is joined by Chris Topik, Director of Restoring America's Forests at the Nature Conservancy, and Steve Pyne, a fire historian at Arizona State University. Listen to them discuss the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) issue we face today and how applying Fire Adapted Community principles is vital to our future's success of properly managing our communities while we continue to expand into the WUI.
Interested in finding out what it takes to become Fire Adapted? Download or request the new Fire Adapted Communities brochure.
Knowing and understanding your role in a community that deals with wildland fire issues is one of the most important components of building a wildfire resilient community. Each stakeholder has a valid and significant role to play; whether it’s a firefighter, homeowner, land manager, government official, or others, they are all an important part of the complete picture.
Listen to this webinar from August 2012, which features Molly Mowery and Pam Leschak, and introduces the basic concepts behind the Fire Adapted Communities program and how this national effort is engaging homeowners, firefighters, civic leaders, and land managers to reduce wildfire risk in communities throughout the United States.
Pam Leschak of the U.S. Forest Service on how the new Fire Adapted Communities initiative can combat the growing threat of wildland fire.
So far this year, wildfires have charred nearly 7 million acres across the USA.
The communities of Wetmore and Greenwood, Colorado recently survived a wildfire with no injuries largely thanks to self-rescue habits honed over the past decade during at least four previous wildfire evacuations.
FAC Coalition partners
are joining forces in Colorado to conduct a firefighter train-the-trainer workshop on February 22, 2013. The training will focus on protecting the structural elements of a house and its surroundings against wildfire.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Aron Anderson planner of its Fire Adapted Communities® (FAC) initiative. Anderson will assist NFPA in providing technical support of its FAC web content, conducting research and developing and providing technical training. He is located in NFPA’s Denver, Colorado field office.
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