I'm very excited to announce the third installment in our four-part series of Firewise Virtual Workshops will feature author and researcher Linda Masterson, as the guest presenter. If you've never heard Masterson speak, you'll want to add this one to your calendar and register today! Her personal account of losing her home in a 2011 wildfire will have you retelling the story and sharing her impactful messages with neighbors, friends, and family members living in areas with a wildfire risk.
Last November I got to hear Linda when she was a part of a three-person keynote panel at NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond conference in Salt Lake City. While I listened to her presentation that day, I glanced around the room filled with hundreds of attendees intently listening to her compelling message and plea to get prepared. Many were furiously jotting down notes as she spoke, and others were leaning forward in their seats as they heard her recount the events she lived through during the fire that destroyed her home and property; along with the harrowing details of their evacuation and how she and her husband rebuilt their lives during the recovery and rebuilding phases.
She shares the importance of both mitigation and preparedness actions in a testimonial style that is truly engaging. The messages she advocates for will move folks to take action and responsibility for reducing their personal risk and getting prepared.
The workshop is Tuesday, September 16, at 11am, mountain daylight time. Registration for the no-charge Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life session is now open and limited to the first 100 registrants.
Registrants for this session will receive a complimentary copy of the Surviving Wildfire Pocket Guide, a companion to Masterson’s Surviving Wildfire: Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life (A Handbook for Homeowners). Participation in the live workshop is limited and preregistration is required!
The topic compliments September’s National Preparedness Month campaign: Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare. Invite your friends, family members and neighbors living in a wildfire risk area to participate and promote this opportunity in your newsletters and websites.
Masterson’s book Surviving Wildfire – Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life is a comprehensive guide that will motivate residents to become better prepared; and provide professionals with information they can use in their outreach and education efforts.
Visit firewise.org to register, or access the recorded workshop following the live session.