Our latest Firewise Communities success story comes out of Georgia. Wildcat Community, Inc. is a consortium of seven communities spanning Dawson and Pickens County in northern Georgia, roughly 65 miles outside of Atlanta in a heavily forested region of the Appalachian mountain range.
The corporation was formed in 2005 to educate property owners in the mountain area in risk mitigation and emergency incident response, provide funds to enhance resources to support emergency management capabilities and interface with all state, local, and federal authorities and agencies associated with emergency management.
The organization began work right away to fire-safe the area. In 2006, a 45,000 gallon water tank was installed to improve fire suppression with Wildcat volunteers assisting in negotiating a land lease for the tank. The same year, Wildcat Community became Firewise-recognized.