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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
Recent Activity
While we haven't yet closed the books on 2015, NFPA's official magazine, NFPA Journal, has published a comprehensive look at the year's historic numbers around acres burned and costs incurred, as well as trends that might surprise you. Staff writer Jesse Roman uncovered some key facts and statistics that inform... Continue reading
Much of what NFPA's Firewise program recommends is to keep homes and residential landscapes from becoming "fuel" for wildfires. This includes getting rid of downed limbs, dead vegetation, woody debris, pine needles and the like. But once you've gotten all of this unwanted, flammable material away from your house, what... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Nov 16, 2015
Every four years, the International Wildland Fire Conference takes place at a different spot on the globe. Sponsored by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, several international wildfire and forestry groups, as well as the USDA Forest Service and similar entities and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Can your home survive a wildfire? Dr. Jack Cohen thinks so. He demonstrates how Your Home Can Survive a Wildfire in a new NFPA video featuring recent findings from IBHS Research Center experiments with home ignitions from embers. Dr. Cohen's extensive research into why some homes burn and some survive... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
It's not too late to nominate your colleagues for recognition of their outstanding wildfire mitigation efforts! The Wildfire Mitigation Awards were established in 2014 to acknowledge and applaud the great wildfire safety activities going on throughout the U.S. These awards are the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
I've just had the great pleasure of reviewing one of our featured presentations slated for Backyards & Beyond, NFPA's wildland fire education conference which kicks off tonight with a reception and runs through Saturday morning. Chris Roussel of Myriad Development will be speaking on the application of Firewise data in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
The International Wildland Fire Conference is well underway at the Alpensia Convention Center and Resort in the beautiful mountainous region of Pyeongchang, South Korea. This is the sixth time that delegates from some 80 countries have come together to discuss and work on solutions to the many aspects of wildland... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Wondering what your teen daughter or son can do for a creative community service project this fall? NFPA's here with its TakeAction resources to help your teen find a project that will get community service credit, help his neighbors become safer from wildfire AND could win her a $500 scholarship!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Leaders, innovators and pioneers - stand up and be recognized! Nominations for the 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Awards are now open. Sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the USDA Forest Service, these awards recognize... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
If you've been planning to get to NFPA's Backyards & Beyond wildfire education conference next month in Myrtle Beach, we've got great news for you! Discounted "early-bird" registration is still available til Friday, October 9. The 3-day educational program featuring more than 50 sessions is not the only thing that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Last week, I gave a webinar with the Green Builder folks to discuss how builders, designers, developer, architects and landscape architects could all help to build safer in areas prone to wildfire. While it is great to build safety into a brand new home or subdivision with the opportunity to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
From Rapid City, South Dakota, comes a great example of taking action to reduce wildfire risks with a partnership approach. Homeowner Judy Allen, Rapid City Fire Department Lieutenant Tim Weaver and the interagency Survivable Space Initiative took collective action to harden a home for ignition-resistance. Check out this video to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
NFPA's campaign for 2015, which we're calling "The Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire," has elicited a few chuckles and smiles about our lighthearted tag for a serious problem. At the start of the year, we focused on showing how people can use our resources to plan for wildfire... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
The ESRI User Conference, a huge event focused on GIS, is wrapping up today (July 23) in San Diego, with attendance of more than 15,000 people from around the world who use geospatial tools and services for a wide variety of purposes. NFPA's Cheryl Blake, Aron Anderson and Casey Grant... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
In my spare time outside of NFPA, I volunteer as a tour guide with a nonprofit group called Boston By Foot. I talk about Boston's history and architecture to locals and tourists from around the world. July 4 is my absolute favorite holiday, because I lead people on a 3-hour... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Since the inception of NFPA’s Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program in 2002, residents of wildfire-prone neighborhoods have been asking the question, “What will becoming Firewise do to my insurance premium?” Until recently, the answer was, “Nothing.” Starting last year, however, the answer is much more positive. That’s because in May 2014,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Today is June 30, the second anniversary of the deaths of 19 firefighters in a place called Yarnell Hill near Prescott, Arizona. The Granite Mountain Hotshot crew was overrun by wildfire while they were on duty attempting to contain the fire and prevent damages to homes in nearby communities. An... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
NFPA Conference & Expo attendees heard from Paul Summerfelt this morning about a unique and wildly successful campaign to get Flagstaff, Arizona, residents to support a municipal bond for watershed protection and wildfire mitigation. Chief Summerfelt, the Wildland Fire Management Officer for the Flagstaff Fire Department, described the process of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
June's reputation as a month for weddings and honeymoons is changing, at least in Colorado, where it is now a reminder of fires, floods and other less benign events. The Colorado Springs Gazette has initiated a special assignment for the month of June on "Fires, Floods and the Future." Reporter... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Two great educational opportunities are on offer just ahead of NFPA's Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Educational Conference. On October 20-21, 2015, learners have the opportunity to choose a seminar on GIS and wildfire planning, or the newly revised NFPA seminar on assessing wildfire risks to structures. ESRI's Jennifer Schottke... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
As our Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire rolls along, there's a great opportunity to participate in a unique and vibrant learning experience - NFPA's Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference. Acting now to register will not only save you money, but put you in the company of... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
The Kohala By The Sea (KBTS) Firewise Committee on Hawaii's Big Island honored the Firewise Communities Hawaii coordinator with a special plaque on May 17 in Hilo, Hawaii. Denise Laitinen was honored for her 12 years of service to the community and tireless efforts to promote wildfire safety throughout Hawaii.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Michele Steinberg with Arizona State Forester Jeff Whitney and former NFPA Board member Lou Jekel Last week, I presented with my colleague Lucian Deaton on Firewise and wildfire safety topics at a symposium for continuing education credits for Arizona attorneys as part of the CLE program administered by Arizona State... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Celebrity sighting in DC! To Smokey's right, NFPA VP Lorraine Carli. At left, Michele Steinberg, NFPA President Jim Pauley NFPA leadership and staff had a great opportunity today to talk about wildfire safety and mitigation in our nation's capital. The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) is holding its 27th Annual... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog