Preparing for Wildfires Webinar

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Greetings,

Are you prepared for a wildfire? To kick off the summer, FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division invites you to a webinar on Thursday, June 23, which will feature an array of dynamic nationwide programs and resources to prepare individuals and communities for wildfires.

Title: Ember Alert: Preparing for Wildfires

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Featured Speakers:                                 

·         Phyllis Krietz, United States Fire Administration, FEMA

·         Barbara Geringer, United States Forest Service

·         Mark Jackson, Branch of Wildland Fire Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs

·         Cathy Prudhomme, National Fire Protection Association

·         Christi Collins, Individual and Community Preparedness Division, FEMA

How to Join the Webinar:

·         Please register for the event using the Adobe Connect registration web link.

·         Be sure to test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the meeting.

·         This webinar will offer closed captioning.

We hope that you will be able to join us on June 23!

 

 

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Video–Safety in the Post-Disaster Environment

Here is a good training video for CERT volunteers to review the challenges and dangers of working to assist their neighbors and communities after a disaster has occurred. It covers the importance of protective gear, size-up (think before you leap), and the buddy system. Common post-disaster dangers are reviewed including flooding and contaminated water, downed power lines, falling debris, cuts from broken glass, nails through shoes, back injuries, eye and head injuries, and even getting lost in your own community following a devastating event.

Wildfires

Wildfire is one of the most serious threats facing residents of Caldwell County.  Cities have grown into suburbs and suburbs into what was once considered rural America. Citizens are acquiring secluded homes surrounded by forests, mountain cabins, or sprawling farms. This movement is creating an extremely complex landscape that has come to be known as the wildland/urban interface. The impact of severe wildfire on your community, your state and your federal government is staggering. According to the National Wildland Coordinating Group, since 1970 we’ve spent more than $20 billion dollars fighting fire at the fringes of our burgeoning population centers, in the areas described above as the wildland/urban interface.. Encroaching development into forests, grasslands and farms is resulting in numerous infrastructure problems, including catastrophic wildfires which increasingly threatens lives, homes and businesses.

Here is a Wildfire booklet  provided by Caldwell County Emergency Management with information about protecting your home and community from the devastation of a wildfire. It includes checklists and information about becoming a FIREWISE community.