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Michele Steinberg
Quincy, Massachusetts
NFPA Wildland Fire Operations Division Manager
Interests: disaster safety, natural hazards, land use planning, wildland fire, mitigation, Firewise, community action, social behavior change, professional certification, training, home safety
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David Ropeik is a risk perception consultant who thinks, writes and talks about "the risk perception gap," our human tendency to worry about things we shouldn't and to NOT worry about things we should. For example, many people are afraid to travel by air, but if they really want to... Continue reading
Recently, I represented NFPA in developing a brand new award that recognizes outstanding efforts in proactive wildfire safety throughout the U.S. The 2015 Wildfire Mitigation Awards are a collaborative effort among NFPA, the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and the USDA Forest... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
As my blogger friend Bill Gabbert relates in his Wildfire Today blog, back when PBS advertised this special in September, "there was much confusion about when it would air, with most of the erroneous information coming from the PBS website." All indications today, however, are that the special based on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
NFPA and its projects, programs and services will be well-represented at the upcoming IAFC conference, Wildland Urban Interface 2015. We're excited to be delivering our pre-conference two-day seminar, Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone, on March 22-23. Participants will be the first to enjoy our revised course, that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Well, the day I have been dreading for many months is finally here. On this last day of 2014, I say goodbye to my very dear friend and colleague, Linda Coyle, as she goes off to a happy and healthy retirement. Cheryl Blake, Linda and me, December 2014 Linda's one... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
I am not sure why a dalmatian, but I think there is a history of dogs working with horses in the fire service, back when apparatus was drawn by horse and not by engine.
In my new role as Division Manager with NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations, I'm delighted to welcome two new staff to our Denver and Quincy offices. Tom Welle joins the Denver office as a senior project manager and supervisor. Faith Berry joins the Quincy office as an associate project manager. Both... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Are you a leader, an innovator or a pioneer? The new Wildfire Mitigation Award has been created just for you! Please nominate yourself, your organization or a worthy colleague for any of three categories of this prestigious award sponsored by NFPA, the National Association of State Foresters, and the International... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
A super article in Firefighter Nation this month addresses fire incident command and the special challenges of coping with fast-moving fires that enter subdivisions and communities - those tricky, dangerous wildland/urban interface fires. Author Jim Linardos, a friend of Firewise, a fire service leader and no stranger to WUI fires... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Arkansas Firewise efforts include the whole community, including animals in shelters. Read for inspiration and great cat photos! It's a jungle out there... This local story link requires a quick free survey to read the entire article. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Imagine a place where people live surrounded by beautiful natural areas, where residents love the environment and enjoy recreational opportunities such as riding, outdoor sports and just walking the dog. People live in homes that they cherish, and are engaged in local community activities such as school, church and local... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
A story in yesterday's Payson Roundup elaborated on how leaders in this fire-prone community were working on educating residents to become safer from wildfire. Today's community event was specifically tied in to national Fire Prevention Week and was designed to help people learn what they can do to make their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
As my NFPA colleagues have pointed out in earlier blogs this week, Fire Prevention Week began early in the 20th century as a response to the 1871 Great Chicago Fire and the Peshtigo Fire. Major urban conflagrations at the end of the 19th century and on into the early 1900s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
I attended an excellent workshop on October 9 led by Rob Gazzard of the Forestry Commission England, along with members of the fire service in southern England, Nature England staffers, and a lead volunteer from the Heathland Conservation Society. Land managers and fire fighters alike shared knowledge and worked through... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
More than a decade ago, former NFPA staffer Denise Laitinen, a journalist and community and fire education specialist, moved to Hawaii and instituted local Firewise programming in cooperation with the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife. Under the auspices of Firewise Communities Hawaii, Denise recently conducted an unprecedented week-long Firewise... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
April's devastating fire in Valparaiso, Chile, reminded me in many ways of similar scenarios in the US, including the media's tendency to call out each fire event as "the worst" that has ever happened. But in many ways, government leadership included, Chile's recovery from a "worst ever" event in a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation, is providing significant resources and support to communities to help them become more resilient. The National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) is a two-phase process that will competitively award nearly $1 billion in HUD Disaster Recovery... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
What's colorful and loaded with Firewise facts and 7 essential vitamins? Why, it's the new infographic about Firewise Communities/USA, of course! (OK, I made up that part about the vitamins). NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division teamed with our communications colleagues to build a compelling visual display of key data about... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
How do wildfires burn homes? We currently know quite a lot about this question from research from the USDA Forest Service Fire Lab, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As more fire science research emerges, NFPA has realized... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Whether you call it a go-kit, emergency supplies or a 72-hour kit, during this 3rd week of September, America's Prepare-A-Thon theme is how to build an emergency kit. Have what you need ready to go when you are - and feel more prepared and less scared during a wildfire or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Join NFPA, the Hazards Caucus Alliance, the University of California at Riverside and San Diego, and the Western Governors Association for an informative briefing on wildfire science, policy, mitigation and response tomorrow, Sep. 11 from 11:30 am to 1 p.m. at room 421 of the Cannon House Office Building in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
"If you know your history, then you know where you're coming from," Bob Marley once sang. After ten years working on wildfire safety, reading Timothy Egan's The Big Burn really helped me understand the roots of American wildland fire suppression policy and forest management in a new way. The PBS... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
In the current issue of NFPA Journal, NFPA President Jim Pauley shares some numbers and stats on wildfire and gives his assessment: we still have work to do. Read or listen to what Jim has to say about the growing threat of wildfire and where we need to take action.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
I'm excited to have a place on the agenda at the annual conference of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, better known as FLASH. The Florida-based national non-profit is the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters - sounds like a mission... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog