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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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To better understand what residents can do in the immediate area around their homes, NFPA's Firewise staff spoke with Jeremy Keller, who serves with the Macochee Joint Ambulance District and Bellefontaine Fire & EMS, in Ohio. Jeremy also serves on NFPA's Technical Commitee on Wildland and Rural Fire Protection. He... Continue reading
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It seems that recent news accounts concerning wildfires relate stories of fires that burn hotter and out of control, moving swiftly across acres of fire-prone areas with seemingly little one can do except hope to get out of the way. At last fall's Backyards and Beyond Conference, NFPA’s Faith Berry... Continue reading
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How can home builders and developers address the daunting risk of wildfire? A beautiful new e-book from Green Builder Media and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shows how in just eight pages. “Design with Fire in Mind: Three Steps to a Safer New Home,” is based on principles from NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program, which addresses site design, construction and landscaping, as well as property maintenance and wildfire safety education of residents. These principles are based on solid fire science research into how homes ignite, and comes from the world’s leading fire experts (we’re looking at you, Drs. Jack Cohen... Continue reading
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How can home builders and developers address the daunting risk of wildfire? A beautiful new e-book from Green Builder Media and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shows how in just eight pages. “Design with Fire in Mind: Three Steps to a Safer New Home,” is based on principles from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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NFPA Instructor Pat Durland leads students on a field exercise NFPA's lead instructor on all things wildfire reports back from a recent seminar this week in Orange County, California: "We had 33 in the class representing Orange County, Newport Beach, Anaheim, Carlsbad, LA County, San Diego County, San Diego City... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
A tip of the blogger hat to Gary Marshall of Bend, Oregon (Deputy Fire Marshal, retired) for sharing this video message from Oregon Governor Kate Brown. "NOW is the perfect time to prepare your home for the challenges that drought conditions may bring," says Governor Brown. I couldn't agree more. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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I went to Korea last month to present with my colleague from the UK, Andy Elliott of the Dorset Fire Rescue Service in England. Last fall, I had the opportunity to visit the first Firewise community in England, which had been born out of efforts by Andy and his colleagues... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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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
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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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
Michele Steinberg is now following Faith Berry
Nov 16, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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