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Cathy Prudhomme
Denver Field Office
Associate Project Manager - Wildland Fire Youth Education
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Take a step over adults, because you're about to be joined in your wildfire mitigation efforts by a powerful group of middle and high school students that want to be involved in their communities and contribute to making where they live a safer place. Youth now have a resource designed... Continue reading
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The Preserve at Pine Meadows, a Firewise Communities/USA recognized community in Pine, CO recently worked with the CO State Forest Service to produce a video that chronicles their journey after the Hi Meadow Fire in 2000; a catastrophic high intensity canopy fire that burned close to 11,000 acres and destroyed... Continue reading
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For months you've tracked the days until your vacation begins; anticipating the departure date has been similar to a child waiting for Santa to arrive. Trip insurance was purchased to cover any costly airline hiccups; sunscreen and bug spray packed to keep you incident-free, every possible proactive step taken to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Photo Credit: Ali Ulwelling, MT Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation An article in a recent issue of the Daily Inter Lake paper in Flathead County, MT outlined the area’s current potential for wildfires and how stakeholders are actively working with residents to create awareness of the tools they can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Graphic Credit: Gazette.com For residents in El Paso County, Colorado, the month of June will always be a point of reflection after two historically record breaking wildfire events impacted the county in 2012 and 2013; just fifteen miles apart from each other. The Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed 347 homes and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Recently, a group of wildland fire mitigation practitioners met as a panel to discuss how fire adapted communities are created at a cable TV station in Aspen, CO. The result was an almost hour-long video that highlights the path to becoming more fire adapted. The panel included: Ron Biggers, Deputy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Recently, I had the privilege of attending a statewide Firewise Communities/USA meeting in Tennessee where several communities were recognized for their multi-year efforts and participation in the program. Meeting residents committed to reducing their wildfire risk and hearing their success stories is always a high point of any week; and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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As an annual renewal requirement of the Firewise Communities/USA® program, community participants must complete the delivery of a Firewise event each year. Events are typically developed using the community’s action plan (created by each board during the initial application process) to address issues identified in their plan and get the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Earlier this month Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock signed a multi-state (Montana, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota and Utah) proclamation designating the month of May as Wildfire Awareness Month. In Montana, events and activities have taken place during this month that encourage residents to prepare their homes and property for... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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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
Posted May 21, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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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