Author(s) Faith Berry, NFPA
In Part 1, Firewise How-To introduced the resources available on Firewise.org that can be useful to your community and some of the ways you might put them to use. In Part 2, How-To discusses the growing popularity of Firewise materials and how you can access them.
Over the past few years, interest in Firewise Communities products and other wildland fire resources has grown extensively.
The quality of Firewise information and products is even lauded on the FEMA website, where it states:
“Your best resource for proper planning is www.firewise.org, which has outstanding information used daily by residents, property owners, fire departments, community planners, builders, public policy officials, water authorities, architects and others to assure safety from fire — it really works… and free Firewise materials can be obtained easily by anyone interested.”
How can your community obtain these helpful materials and educate community members about the practices they can adopt to protect property and homes?
NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program remains committed to providing its broad range of print and multi-media resources for residents, communities, members of the fire service, and others working or residing in the W/UI to use in conjunction with their Firewise activities and events.
However, to continue to provide its materials at no cost, quantities per order for many items are being limited. This also will help ensure that its various materials will be more broadly available for all who request them.
In addition, because many Firewise print materials are in the public domain, they are available for download on the Firewise website and may be reproduced without written permission. If you would like to use the print file so that you can add your own logo and print larger quantities at a print house near you, the program is happy to provide the file. In most cases, files are created using InDesign.
As before, NFPA will continue to subsidize shipping costs, with the exception of orders involving items for purchase (such as t-shirts, baseball caps, and banners), or when rush shipping is requested.
So, be sure to take a fresh look at the Firewise website to see the vast offering of resources — available at no cost — that can help you and your community members make well-informed changes — changes that make your community Firewise.
And remember: Questions regarding an order can be submitted online at http://www.nfpa.org/customerservice#contact_us. Or you can call NFPA's customer service at 1-800-344-3555, and then press “1” for sales.
If you are an international customer, please contact the Firewise program by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 1-617-984-7486. You may call anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), Monday through Friday.
We wish you the best of luck with your next preparedness event, using Firewise materials!
Read previous posts in the Firewise How-To blog series.
Source for FEMA quote: http://m.fema.gov/before-wildfire.