As we’ve mentioned in earlier posts, on June 5 the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and NFPA announced the launch of the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) initiative and proudly unveiled its new website that provides current and comprehensive information and resources for communities at risk from wildfire, reduce that risk by preparing before the fire starts.
This pre-fire strategy takes a community-based approach and promotes the idea that reducing the threat of damage to homes, infrastructure and natural resources from wildfire is everyone’s responsibility. Leading wildfire agencies including the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the U.S. Fire Administration, the Department of the Interior, the National Volunteer Fire Council, the National Association of State Foresters, the Nature Conservancy, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Wildland Urban Interface Mitigation Committee and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, have partnered with the Forest Service and NFPA in this effort and formed an FAC coalition. Each member of the coalition plays a key role in helping communities prepare for and accept wildfire as a part of their surrounding landscape.
Over the next few months, you’ll see a number of ads and PSAs, and hear radio interviews with coalition members who actively promote Fire Adapted Communities. Articles and stories have also been written. A recent article by Hilton Collins for Emergency Management magazine titled, “Fire Adapted Communities Initiative Empowers Residents”, gives a great overview of the FAC program, and offers a quick glimpse into the pages of the website. Give it a read.
With an active wildfire season already underway, we encourage you to visit www.fireadapted.org to learn more about FAC and the role you can play in helping your community stay safer from wildfire. While on the website, don’t forget to check out the programs and resources available to help you get started now.