Reaping the benefits of becoming Firewise before, during and after wildfire season

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Aug 15, 2014

During the last few years, with the number and intensity of wildfires increasing in many parts of the country, it’s more important than ever to begin working on ways to reduce your risk of damage and injuries from these fires. NFPA believe that Firewise can help you do that. But just as each part of the country is unique, every community benefits in different ways from being recognized as a Firewise Communities/USA site.  SC

Reports of these important and varied benefits have reached NFPA’s Firewise program through the years and we thought it would be great to share them with you.

Over the next few days, check back to this blog to learn about our  “Top 7 Benefits to Becoming Firewise” posts. What better way to learn about Firewise and wildfire safety than from others like you who have gone through the process and have shared their stories. Especially if this is new for you. Here’s the first benefit on our list:

Creating a Framework for Action

It can be overwhelming at the beginning when you first decide to make a step towards becoming a Firewise community. But the process can be made a whole lot easier when everyone comes together to create a plan. Meeting the criteria for becoming a Firewise Communities/USA site helps communities get organized and find direction for their wildfire safety efforts. Like the first rungs on a ladder, the criteria help get a community started toward annual, systematic action to reduce their risks from brush, grass and forest fires. Ultimately, the plan you put into action today can help your community be better adapted and prepared for wildfire tomorrow.

Want to know more? We have many, many success stories shared by residents like you who worked together to become Firewise. You can find them on our Firewise website on the “success stories” page. Take a look and then let us know what your community is doing to obtain Firewise recognition status. We’d love to share your story with others who are new to the process, and looking for guidance.

Photo courtesy of the community of Keowee Key, South Carolina