The Waldo Canyon Fire, emerging as one of the most destructive in Colorado's history, has certainly generated an enormous amount of media attention. While much of the information is focused on the destruction and losses - a natural reaction - some media outlets and organizations are asking what people can do to prepare for wildfire in the short and long term.
I spent a little time on the phone yesterday with Jeremy Weathers, who produces a FarmCast radio segment for eastern Colorado's KSIR 1010. He wanted to tell listeners more about the value of mitigation projects like defensible space and fuel treatment.
Also yesterday, Denver Post reporter Claire Martin posted an article with valuable advice for residents on preparing for evacuation. Read it here to learn what you should be doing if your area is being warned about wildfire.
And earlier today, Save the Children's Domestic Emergencies Advisor, Jeanne-Aimee De Marrais, called the NFPA Firewise staff to ask if we would help tell people about their special advice for expectant mothers and parents of young children when emergencies like wildfire strike. We're happy to do so by linking you to Ms. De Marrais' blog post here.
It is heartening to hear from other organizations and media outlets, knowing that they are working hard to reach out and help citizens before they become victims. The members of the recently-formed Fire Adapted Communities coalition are also reaching out to their members and audiences with important safety messages that will go a long way toward helping people to protect what's truly important.
Photo Credit: Mountain Shadows resident Angela Morgan gathers valuables Tuesday, June 26, 2012, after being given 30 minutes to back into her Colorado Springs, Colo. home. She was evacuated from the home Sunday due to the The Waldo Canyon Fire burning west of Colorado Springs. (The Gazette | Mark Reis)