!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a73e0410b0970d-800wi|border=0|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a73e0410b0970d-800wi|alt=Cypress_knoll_1|width=363|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Cypress_knoll_1|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a73e0410b0970d img-responsive|height=275!As someone who grew up spending her Sundays watching her father practice his already perfect backswing on the golf course, writing about the Cypress Knoll community was wonderfully nostalgic.
Cypress Knoll, located in Florida, is a golf community with around a thousand homes. But just a little more than a decade ago, the Cypress Knoll community was sparsely populated. The vacant lots were filled with mature pine trees and dense, seemingly uncontrollable undergrowth.
During a particularly dry season in 1998, Flagler County and their neighboring areas had a major wildfire that caused the evacuation of Palm Coast. A fire alert was issued for Cypress Knoll, but they were, thankfully, spared from the fire.
After this scare, a few Cypress Knoll residents held a meeting to discuss alerting members and how to evacuate the residents should a major fire occur. With the looming threat of wildfires they contacted the Flagler County Sheriff’s Department and Palm Coast City officials for help.
They, along with the Florida Division of Forestry, developed a plan of action. Their plan was introduced to the rest of the community residents with a hands-on demonstration. A Firewise committee was formed and an action plan was created.
Find out about was included in the action plan and how it was executed on Cypress Knoll’s success page.
Cypress Knoll isn’t the only community from Florida with Firewise success stories. Read each of theirs below!