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Cathy Prudhomme
Denver Field Office
Associate Project Manager - Wildland Fire Youth Education
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Four years ago, in May 2011, Ashland, Oregon’s inaugural Firewise Communities/USA participant was welcomed into the national program. Later that year, six more communities also completed the program's criteria and since then the City of Ashland has consistently continued to develop new participants. Thus far in 2015, five more communities... Continue reading
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As the Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire campaign transitions from highlighting planning components into the “act” phase, we’re going to be sharing success stories, ideas for Firewise events/activities and explain how actions at the individual home and community level can help both residents and firefighters be safer during... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Photo Credit: Frank Riley- Chestatee/Chattahoochee RC&D Council, Towns County, GA Residents and stakeholders across the U.S. embraced national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The dedication and passion demonstrated by thousands of individuals increased preparedness, reduced risk and raised awareness to a new level. Activities brought hundreds... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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NFPA has six regional directors that promote adoption of NFPA codes and standards by state and local authorities, attend code hearings and legislative sessions, coordinate activities with key constituencies, and identify processes where NFPA's services can improve fire, building, and life safety. They also support research and educational activities and... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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In a Presidential message posted this morning, President Obama sends greetings to Wildfire Community Preparedness Day participants throughout the nation and emphasizes the role we each play in preparing for fires and minimizing community risks. He asks for continued awareness raising about the causes of wildfires and doing all we... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Just five more days until Wildfire Community Preparedness Day begins and grassroots projects to reduce wildfire risk happen throughout the U.S. and Canada. The campaign’s Put Your Project on the map feature reflects 115 projects that have been planned to help make community’s a safer place to live and be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Participating in Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (May 2) and America’s PrepareAthon (April 30) helps communities and individuals prepare before wildfires happen. By cross-promoting the two campaigns NFPA and FEMA are able to maximize the number of stakeholders that can share the information and emphasize the importance of mitigation, communication and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Demonstrate your commitment to wildfire preparedness and risk reduction by adding your May 2 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day activity to the nationwide event map. It’s easy to do and in just a couple of minutes you’ll be able to proudly highlight your community’s efforts. Adding your project to the map... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Take a quick two-minute break from what you're doing and watch NFPA’s new whiteboard animation video - a tool for fire departments, Firewise Communities/USA program participants, forestry agencies and residents. The fast-paced animation combined with the engaging message uniquely illustrates the importance of local projects and highlights the benefits of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Get out your phone and add this date to your calendar right now and participate in NFPA's and special guests America's PrepareAthon and the U.S. Fire Administration in a one-hour Twitter Chat on Tuesday, April 7 at 2 PM EDT. What do you mean you don’t know what a Twitter... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Grants Pass, OR - 2014 PrepDay funding award recipient Recipients of the 2015 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day $500 project funding awards have been selected, and sixty-five projects from twenty-six states will receive $500 to fund a project on May 2. More than 300 entries were received from throughout thirty-seven states.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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If it's been on your to-do list to apply for a $500 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day project funding award, and it hasn't yet made its way to the top of the list, this is a gentle reminder that the deadline is Thursday, March 5, at 11:59pm ET. Here’s the good... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Virtually attend next week’s interactive Wildfire Community Preparedness Day’s Workshop and get ideas on how you can organize neighbors, a community group or the people you work with in creating an activity that reduces local wildfire risks and concerns. The live workshop happens Thursday, March 12 at 10am in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Activities of all types that increase wildfire awareness, improve risk factors, or post-fire impacts and implemented on the second annual national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, May 2, 2015, are eligible to receive one of sixty-five $500 project funding awards. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 5 and applications must... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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It’s with much anticipation and excitement that I share with you that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), FireSmart Canada, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and The Co-operators have announced the launch of the first annual Wildfire Community Preparedness Day in Canada. In both the U.S. and Canada,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Plan a wildfire awareness, risk reduction, or post-fire improvement project for the second annual national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day May 2, 2015, and your activity could receive one of sixty-five $500 project funding awards. Monetary support for the project awards and additional outreach efforts was generously provided by State Farm.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Share this tip with the person in your household that's assigned the dreaded task of hanging exterior holiday lights and make them a multi-tasking hero. With minimal extra effort, hanging festive lights from the roofline and eaves can do double-duty and also be a wildfire risk reduction project. I can... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Photo courtesy of Alison Green (Project Wildfire) A recent networking day hosted by Project Wildfire (the community organization in Deschutes County, OR that facilitates, educates, disseminates and maximizes community efforts toward effective fire planning and mitigation) connected Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) practitioners in a forum focused on a peer exchange... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Currently, 41 states actively participate in the national Firewise Communities/USA® program and represent a combined 1,142 communities that have achieved recognition status for their work to reduce their community’s wildfire risk. Nine of the sites have participated for more than a decade and have been with the program since the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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I have to put it on my calendar for next week to ask Dan Dodson, the Firewise Education Coordinator with the Sun City Texas Community Association, what he did in his former career before taking on his current homeowner’s association role. I'm betting it's something related to coaching, education or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Registration for October’s Firewise Virtual Workshop is now open. The Thursday, October 23 session, Improving Access for Wildland Firefighters features Jeremy Keller as this month’s Ask an Expert presenter and is scheduled for 3:30 to 4:30pm eastern daylight time. This topic will be of great interest to multiple stakeholders including:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Photo Credit: Orange County Fire Authority Fire Prevention Week (October 5 – 11) rolled into full swing yesterday and in tribute to communities throughout the nation taking proactive efforts to reduce their risk, our wildland fire operations division will highlight five case studies during the week from the recently released... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Listening to the newest installment in our series of virtual workshops, is a lot like spending time on a favorite neighbor’s front porch and hearing firsthand about a life altering experience that compels you to prioritize changes within your own life. Featured workshop presenter Linda Masterson, uses the personal experience... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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As we enter into the second week of National Preparedness Month the theme is knowing how to plan for specific needs before disaster strikes. An important need is ensuring your homeowners policy or renters insurance is up-to-date and will adequately cover your needs after a wildfire. Next week author Linda... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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September always draws attention to the importance of individual and community disaster preparedness in recognition of National Preparedness Month. With that in mind, over the next couple of days consider carving out time to participate in a personal wildland fire preparedness experiment. The planning exercise I’m talking about will demonstrate... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog