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Cathy Prudhomme
Denver Field Office
Associate Project Manager - Wildland Fire Youth Education
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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
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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
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Photo Credit: Darin Oswald - Idaho Statesman Yesterday Betsey Nickerson with the Laramie County Wyoming Firewise Program told me about a Firewise Garden they’re developing at a new visitor center located in Kurt Gowdy State Park. The endeavor is a cooperative effort of the state park, state forestry, their local... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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I'm very excited to announce the third installment in our four-part series of Firewise Virtual Workshops will feature author and researcher Linda Masterson, as the guest presenter. If you've never heard Masterson speak, you'll want to add this one to your calendar and register today! Her personal account of losing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Graphic Credit: Severiano Galvan - Denver Post Some interesting charts caught my eye while perusing a recent issue of the Denver Post newspaper and I wanted to share them with you. The article they were from was: Colorado leads country for share of homes most vulnerable to wildfires with content... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Photo Credit: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension - Combustibility of Landscape Mulches (Evaluation of Mulch Combustibility August 14, 2008) Do you have a question related to mulch and wildfire risk that you’ve asked multiple sources but continue coming up empty handed? If so, we have a rare opportunity August 19... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog