Posted by LisaMarie Sinatra on 05/04/2015 at 10:53 AM in California, Community Action, Current Affairs, Fire Adapted Communities, Firewise, Homeowner Association, Mitigation, Nevada, News, NFPA, Oregon, Social Media, Success Stories, Utah, Wildfire Hazards, wildland firefighter, Wildland Urban Interface, Year of Living Less Dangerously | Permalink | Comments (0)
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In a Presidential message posted this morning, President Obama sends greetings to Wildfire Community Preparedness Day participants throughout the nation and emphasizes the role we each play in preparing for fires and minimizing community risks. He asks for continued awareness raising about the causes of wildfires and doing all we can to safeguard our future. Read the full message.
Here at NFPA, we look forward to hearing about the hundreds of PrepDay projects taking place today and sharing them with you in the coming days. Each project being implemented makes residents, communities and firefighters safer from future wildfires.
Posted by Cathy Prudhomme on 05/02/2015 at 10:26 AM in Education, Evacuation Planning, Fire Adapted Communities, Firewise, Mitigation, Wildfire Hazards, wildland firefighter, Wildland Urban Interface | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Earlier this week, a suspected arson-caused wildfire burned nearly 1000 acres in the woods near the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant in north-central Ukraine. Entire villages, abandoned after the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown disaster, were consumed in this week’s wildfire.
While the woods or open space behind your home are probably safe from dormant radioactive fallout and disaster exclusion zones, it’s important to remember that fires can threaten the natural areas on your property and cast embers if overgrown. Jack D. Cohen, Research Physical Scientist at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, does a very good job explaining these “fire brands” and their risks to homes.
You can also learn easy steps you can take in the space 100+ feet from your home. NFPA calls this “Zone 3” of the Home Ignition Zone and offers guidance.
This is NOT clear cutting, but keeping this area "park-like" with trees limbed up to protect them from ground fires and ensuring healthy natural spacing between trees to protect them from crown fires.
And, if there is another home within 100+ feet our your home, its a good reason to talk to you neighbor about being Firewise!
Photo credit: BBC.com/news 28 April 2015. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32502393
Posted by Lucian Deaton on 04/30/2015 at 05:56 PM in Environment, Firewise, Firewise Plants, Mitigation, Science, Wildfire Hazards, wildland firefighter, Wildland Urban Interface | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Before you embark on the journey of obtaining grant funding for your community projects, make sure that you have your ducks in a row. It is important to develop some key components as a firewise community to have credibility as an organization. You will need to develop a mission statement, which defines your purpose and goals. If you are not sure of what a mission statement looks like, you can view the Firewise Communities USA statement and the NFPA mission statement to give you an idea of how to get started.
Next document your successes. It is hard to “toot your own horn”, but many grant funders prefer to fund groups that have already enjoyed some success. Think about the events that you have hosted and small projects that you completed with volunteer help and any awards or recognition in the media for your events.
Start with smaller grants that do not require a complicated reporting requirement. To find corporate possibilities in your area, give all residents in your community a brief survey, either online or as a postcard that they return to you asking what companies they have worked for or have family members working for. Often companies will provide grant funding or assistance from corporate volunteers to communities where their employees live.
Shop on line for grant funds using key terms for the kind of funding that you are looking for. Check insurance companies to see if they have grant funding for the prevention programs that you are trying to undertake. If you do obtain funding make sure that you do a press release to thank the company and grow your credibility as an organization. Take before and after pictures to give to the media and keep in your success file.
If you are a non-profit organization and have met all the requirements mentioned in part 1 you can search for grants on many federal websites. These websites will let you know which grants are open and what the requirements are for reporting etc. FEMA has fire mitigation grants that occasionally
open so it is a good idea to keep an eye on their website as well. Best wishes for success as you plan your grant writing possibilities.
Posted by Faith Berry on 04/29/2015 at 08:32 AM in Community Action, Firewise, Funding, Homeowner Association, Mitigation, NFPA, Wildfire Hazards, Year of Living Less Dangerously | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Grant funding from a variety of sources can be helpful to complete community wildfire mitigation projects. Before seeking and writing grants, there are some things to consider to be successful.
A great project comes together first because a community has created a superb plan to identify critical needs that need to be addressed in your community. It is not a one-size-fits-all when looking to effect change. Each community’s needs are as different as the kinds of homes, infrastructure, vegetation, topography and climate of each locale. An effective pre-wildfire plan such as a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), Firewise Assessment, or critical needs assessment needs to be collaboratively completed with all members of the community and the local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) such as fire and EMT.
Study grant funding opportunities and reporting requirements. A community should decide how much time and expertise will be required, not only to apply for the grant, but to write the required financial reports after funding is obtained. Federal grants may provide a lot of money but they are very competitive, require a lot of technical expertise to write, a lot of time to manage the reporting requirements. They may require a Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) number (to demonstrate nonprofit status) and System Award Management (SAMS) designation. If the community is a homeowners association, they may have an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) designation that would help obtain a DUNS number. State and local grants may have similar requirements because sometimes grant funding through them comes from the federal government. Both types of grants may also require environmental, historical and or cultural assessments before landscape/forestry projects are started.
Corporate grants and sponsorships may require that you have a nonprofit designation (501(c)(3)), but sometimes do not require a 501(c)(3), especially for smaller, easy-to-manage grants. Corporations may prefer to provide funding or volunteer assistance to communities where their employees live. I have worked with some communities that send out postcards regularly to ask where family members work to explore funding and sponsorship possibilities.
Grant funding can help communities achieve goals that they would not be able to accomplish on their own. With some determination, and willingness to share the workload, a community can through proper planning achieve their mitigation goals for homes (vent replacement programs, fence replacement programs and flammable roof replacement) and landscape through community chipping and clean up days and other projects. Check the community success story page on the Firewise website to learn more about successful use of grants for wildfire mitigation.
Posted by Faith Berry on 04/28/2015 at 02:45 PM in Community Action, Firewise, Funding, Mitigation, Sponsors, Success Stories, Wildfire Hazards, Year of Living Less Dangerously | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Just five more days until Wildfire Community Preparedness Day begins and grassroots projects to reduce wildfire risk happen throughout the U.S. and Canada. The campaign’s Put Your Project on the map feature reflects 115 projects that have been planned to help make community’s a safer place to live and be better prepared in the event of a wildfire; the map is a great way to demonstrate actions, so add yours today and get bragging rights for all you're doing.
If you think it’s too late to get involved, think again! There are project ideas for individuals, families, or entire neighborhoods and they come in all shapes, sizes and time commitments too; there’s even some that don’t require leaving your home. So there’s no excuse for not getting involved.
Change your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profile photos; use the prewritten social media posts to share important safety and preparedness tips and tell everyone you know how they can accomplish something great too!
Posted by Cathy Prudhomme on 04/27/2015 at 07:23 PM in Community Action, Education, Evacuation Planning, Fire Adapted Communities, Firewise, Mitigation, Wildfire Hazards, wildland firefighter, Wildland Urban Interface | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Earlier this week, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency due to wildfire risks posed by persistent drought in the state. His executive order activated National Guard assistance to the state’s emergency management and natural resources agencies.
Rains this week are lessening the fire danger in Wisconsin but NOAA’s seasonal drought outlook illustrates the persistent risk posed by dry conditions and wildfire in the Southwest, Pacific West, and Mid-West through this July.
In such risk warnings, Firewise principles around the Home Ignition Zone can help you be more prepared.
I had the opportunity to speak with Jolene Ackerman, Wildland Urban Interface Coordinator and Firewise Liaisons with Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources and she shared advice relevant for residents in Wisconsin and beyond.
Jolene explained that, “Elevated fire danger and drought conditions can cause the smallest spark, ember, or flame to quickly turn into an uncontrolled wildfire.”
She went on to importantly share that, “People are asked to be cautious with anything that can start a fire. We are especially concerned about people burning leaves and brush piles and ask that they put off this type of burning until the fire danger subsides.”
In drought conditions, make sure to talk with your neighbors about simple preparedness steps and take responsibility for your safety.
Posted by Lucian Deaton on 04/22/2015 at 11:52 AM in Environment, Firewise, Mitigation, Weather and Predictive Services, Wildfire Hazards, wildland firefighter, Wildland Urban Interface, Year of Living Less Dangerously | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Sparky the Fire Dog is celebrating Earth Day today and throughout the month of April. He's partnered with NFPA's Firewise Communities Program to develop a great checklist that parents and kids can do together to help protect their homes from wildfire. By checking off everything on the list you will be helping to protect animals, trees, plants and your home!
To get started, you'll need a(n):
Next, grab your family members and head outside to work on your checklist! If you can, ask your neighbors and friends to get involved, too. And don't forget, take a picture of yourself in action! Share with our Firewise audience how you and your family are working together to help reduce your risk of wildfire damage in your neighborhood and keeping the earth clean and safe for all of us!
We just got word from our colleagues in NFPA's Washington, D.C. office that the House Natural Resources subcommittee on Federal Lands will be holding a hearing to receive testimony on forest fire management issues on Thursday, April 23 at 9 a.m. The hearing can be viewed on the House Natural Resources website.
According to the website, the hearing will focus on "wildland fire's devastating impacts and the need to better manage our overgrown, fire-prone national forests."
Witnesses at the hearing will include:
* Philip Rigdon, Deputy Director, Yakima Nation, Department of Natural Resources
* Diane Vosick, Director of Policy and Partnerships, Ecological Restoration Institute, N. Arizona University
* Andy Fecko, Administrator, Placer County Water Agency, Placer County, CA
* Mitch Friedman, Executive Director, Conservation Northwest, Bellingham/Seattle, WA
Posted by LisaMarie Sinatra on 04/21/2015 at 12:03 PM in Community Action, Current Affairs, Environment, Fire Adapted Communities, Firewise, Mitigation, News, NFPA, regulatory tools, Science, Web/Tech, Wildfire Hazards | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Participating in Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (May 2) and America’s PrepareAthon (April 30) helps communities and individuals prepare before wildfires happen. By cross-promoting the two campaigns NFPA and FEMA are able to maximize the number of stakeholders that can share the information and emphasize the importance of mitigation, communication and evacuation preparedness actions.
Join the effort by sharing these tips with neighbors, family members and friends:
Be Smart. Take Part. Prepare for wildfire safety. Participate in Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and show your support for America’s PrepareAthon!
Posted by Cathy Prudhomme on 04/16/2015 at 02:50 PM in Community Action, Education, Evacuation Planning, Fire Adapted Communities, Firewise, Lists, Mitigation, Training, Wildfire Hazards, Wildland Urban Interface, Year of Living Less Dangerously | Permalink | Comments (0)
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