I was so happy to see the latest article in USA Today that credits wildfire mitigation activities/strategies and Firewise principles with helping to keep homes safer from wildfire.
Here at NFPA, we do a lot of work to provide information, resources and guidance to residents just like you, on ways to reduce wildfire risk in their communities. That's why a particular line in the article really stood out for me: "Increasingly, homeowners and communities are seeing the benefits of such strategies, and they're joining voluntary programs such as the National Fire Protection Association's Firewise Communities." For those of us here at NFPA, that is exactly what we want to hear.
Over the last couple of weeks, ironcially enough, I have been talking about the great number of benefits your community receives when it becomes a recognized Firewise/USA site. I realize it's not always easy to see the fruits of your labor up close and immediately, but this USA Today article was the perfect complement to what I've mentioned and highlights how even the little things can make a big difference. For instance, you'll learn about a couple in Washington who found their home still standing after a fire burned through their area. They say it wasn't just luck, but rather they credit all of the work they did ahead of the fire, to helping keep their home intact.
So, if you're still wondering what you can do to help keep yourself, your family and your home safer from wildfire, may I suggest you read the article, then hop on over to the Firewise website to learn more. We have a whole host of community stories you can read and learn from, as well as tips and project ideas for around your home and yard. Be the next person on your block to work on mitigation projects at home, and gather your friends and neighbors together and be the NEXT recognized Firewise community in your area.
Have additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help and are with you all the way! When you've become a recognized Firewise/USA site, tell us your story, because you never know, we may just write an article about you, too!