April 15, 2013 – Colorado residents are encouraged to get involved, get active, and play a role in wildfire mitigation on the local level during the first statewide Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service on Saturday, May 4, 2013.
During this Day of Service, you are encouraged to participate in wildfire mitigation projects to reduce wildfire damage to your homes, neighborhoods and communities. You can organize your own project or sign up to join community projects that have already been organized;
A list of project ideas is available at Firewise.org/dayofservice.
The Day of Service is being led by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in coordination with the American Red Cross, Colorado State Forest Service, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, READYColorado, and Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association.
If you would like to get involved, visit Firewise.org/dayofservice for ideas. You may wish to plan an activity that focuses on your personal or household preparedness, or become a community organizer and plan an event or activity that involves or benefits your neighborhood. Some ideas include:
• Check with your local fire department, district forestry office, or county/city emergency manager to see if there is a project that you can join or help them with.
• Organize an educational event for your HOA, neighborhood, church or school about wildfire mitigation or personal preparedness.
• Clear away fire hazards (pine needles, wood piles) on your property, or lend a hand with neighbors who need a little extra help.
• Distribute wildfire safety information to your neighbors, or pass the info out at a table at a grocery or hardware store.
• Create a Family Communication Plan (available in both English and Spanish) at www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/plan
Red Cross volunteers in communities all over the state have organized projects, including:
• Filling 1,000 sandbags to mitigate flood risk in the Waldo Canyon burn area in Colorado Springs
• Helping to remove fuels on Boulder County Open Space near Lyons
• Working with corporate partners to compile firefighter comfort kits (statewide)
• Chipping downed trees to reduce fire risk near Durango.
• Performing a neighborhood walkthrough with local fire department to identify well-mitigated properties and those that might need more work in Boulder.
• Clearing and hauling brush in Morrison.
• Providing defensible space safety training near Bailey.
You can also visit the FireWise Facebook page to connect with other community organizers who have planned activities and are looking for volunteers to help carry out their projects. You may be able to join projects that others have organized, check with project organizers first as capacity is limited. https://www.facebook.com/firewise.
The Wildfire Day of Service coincides with the International Association of Wildland Fire’s Global Wildfire Awareness Week and provides a unique opportunity for Colorado residents to get involved and take action against the threat of wildland fire across the state.