Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is May 4, 2019. Join your friends, family members, faith-based group or youth organization, and volunteer your time to improve your community’s ability to withstand and recover from a wildfire, which also may improve the safety of firefighters.

There are many ways to help protect homes, neighborhoods, businesses and entire communities:

•  Reduce the amount of flammable materials and brush that can burn around your home or business;

•  Create a fire-free area within the first five feet of your home using non-flammable materials and high moisture-content plantings;

•  Maintain an area that is clear of flammable materials and debris for at least 30 feet on all sides from your home or business; and

•  Move wood piles and propane tanks to at least 30 feet from your home or business.

To assist fire departments and citizens within the community about wildfire risks, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) has compiled a collection of resources that can be found at www.usfa.fema.gov. The Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Toolkit has recommended resources that will help the fire department and communities prepare for and respond to WUI fires. The toolkit includes tools to assess community risks, codes and standards, outreach materials to increase awareness, planning, research, and training courses.

For more wildfire safety information, visit www.ready.gov/wildfires.

Published by Peter Cavalli, MPA

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