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LisaMarie Sinatra
NFPA's Associate Project Manager, Communications
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As a great many of you know, to help residents across the U.S. prepare for the possibility of wildfire and help reduce the risk of damage to homes and neighborhoods, NFPA, with generous support from State Farm, is sponsoring the first national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 3,... Continue reading
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NFPA is celebrating Mother Earth throughout the month of April, and today, we are setting our sights on Earth Day with our Earth Smart Checklist. The checklist, developed by NFPA’s public education and wildfire divisions, is a great resource for kids and families and includes tasks everyone can do together.... Continue reading
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In preparation for Earth Day tomorrow, April 22, Switchyard Media has summarized the recent UN report on the effects of climate change in an informative and interesting infographic shown below. It just so happens that Faith Ann Heinsch, PhD, a physical scientist at the USDA Forest Service, spoke about the... Continue reading
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The loss of lives, homes and businesses in recent wildfires across the country serves as a sobering reminder of a fire's destructive effects. It is not a matter of "if" a wildfires strikes an area but when, and many residents are looking for more information about what they can do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Since early this morning, some 5,000 firefighters, police, forest rangers, soldiers, sailors and civil defense workers have been fighting wildfires in the hilltop towns of Valparaiso, a picturesque port city in Chile. According to news reports, an estimated 11,000 people are reported homeless and more than 2,500 homes destroyed. As... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Between 2007 and 2011, an average of 49,300 fires involving people playing with fire were reported to U.S. municipal fire departments per year, according to NFPA’s latest “Playing with Fire” report. Most of these fires were started by children, and caused annual averages of 80 civilian deaths, 860 civilian injuries,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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For many of us, April marks the start of the spring cleaning season and we all know what that means: swap out woolens and gloves for linens and t-shirts; clean out closets and store the skates and skis in the basement and make room in the garage for the rake... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Are you an artist between the ages of 6 - 18 or know someone who is? If so, then you don't want to miss out on NFPA's Firewise calendar contest. Enter your "hottest" artwork on the theme of "Wildfire Preparedness: Living Compatibly with Nature" for publication in our 2015 Firewise... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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If you haven’t heard, as part of this year's America's PrepareAthon, FEMA is kicking off its first National Day of Action on April 30, 2014. The year-long PrepareAthon campaign provides an important opportunity for individuals, organizations and communities to prepare for specific hazards including tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and wildfire. Through... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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As wildfire risk to people and property continues to be a growing international problem, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) formalized a relationship with the United Kingdom’s Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) to help increase public awareness of wildfire risk throughout the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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"Among the things I (have) learned is that the best way to hear how residents connect with preparedness messages is to sit down with them at a local diner and listen," says Lucian Deaton, in his first Wildfire Watch column since joining NFPA in November 2013. According to Lucian, when... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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In California, ranchers are selling their cattle, which are unable to graze off scorched pasturelands. Dried-up waterways are unearthing artifacts, including the ruins of a ghost town near Sacramento. Elsewhere, the Gold Rush is back on, with rivers running at such low levels that valuable nuggets are being revealed as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The residents of Snug Harbor, Wisconsin promote a big spring clean-up event in their subdivision every year to encourage residents to reduce hazardous fuels on their private properties. Snug Harbor has been a recognized Firewise Community since 2011. On Saturday, March 1, residents living in recognized Firewise communities were invited... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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As you plan your project for national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 3, NFPA has created a number of resources for you to use for your outreach and promotion activities. Flyers, a postcard, web and email banners are just a few things to help you get started. We've... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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With more than 1,000 recognized Firewise communities across the U.S., NFPA has cause to celebrate, and celebrate we will, with you! Join us online on Saturday, March 1 for “A Salute to the National Firewise Family.” Get in on the action and share your Firewise spirit with like-minded friends and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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It’s hard to believe that when our Firewise Challenge was launched back in January 2013 we’d receive such an overwhelming response. But here we are, one year later, with more than 1,000 communities on board, announcing the winners and beaming with pride! The winners of the 1,000 Safer Places: The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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With the Firewise Challenge completed and Preparedness Day around the corner, NFPA is really excited to announce that State Farm®, a leading provider of home insurance in the U.S., is generously providing monetary support for both campaigns. State Farm has a long history of proactive wildfire safety education to its... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
In an interview for the January/February 2014 issue of NFPA Journal, NFPA President Jim Shannon talks openly about the impact wildfire is having on our nation's wildland/urban interface and the challenges we will continue to face here and around the world. Read President Shannon's entire "First Word" column and learn... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Planning on attending the IAFC 2014 Wildland-Urban Interface Conference in Reno, Nevada? Then you don't want to miss NFPA's pre-conference education session, “Assessing Wildland Fire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone Workshop.” This two-day workshop, led by Pat Durland, Stone Creek Fire, LLC, provides a basic understanding of fire behavior... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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One of NFPA's most popular wildland fire safety resources is its "Getting Started with Firewise" kit. We're happy to announce that the latest edition is now available through our online catalog. "Getting Started" provides resources and information for residents who want to raise awareness of their community's wildfire risk, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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If you haven't seen it, the Denver Post posted recently a special documentary called, "The Fire Line: Wildfire in Colorado" highlighting the recent wildfires in Colorado and their impact on residents and the environment. Part of the documentary focused on the Waldo Canyon Fire and highlighted scenes from the FAC... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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It's hard to believe that NFPA's Backyards & Beyond conference was two months ago, but the good news is, all of the great learning you acquired there doesn't have to be a memory. Now you can find many of these presentations online on our conference website! The materials are in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Being Firewise means your neighborhood has made great strides to lower its wildfire risk. Whether your community is new to Firewise or you've renewed your recognition status, by participating in the Firewise program in 2013, your community has played a part in the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) national campaign... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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If you're like me, you're probably still wondering how we celebrated Thanksgiving and then dove straight into "holiday shopping" mode this past weeked! But alas, here we are ... the second day of December! I've got a lot to do to prepare and as a potential Firewise community, so do... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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With little more than a month to go before the end of the year, the 1,000 Safer Places: The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program Challenge is quickly coming to a close. Are you a recognized community that needs to renew your status but just haven't gotten around to filling out your... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog