One of the great themes behind Firewise focuses on neighbors working with neighbors. It stands to reason that no one family, organization or individual can adequately protect homes from the damage a wildfire brings. But together, well, that's a different story ... as the famous adage goes, "It takes a village..."
Firewise zeroes in on this very simple thought - working together can make a difference in reducing wildfire risk to communities. But I'd like to take this one step further... yes, you can see the physical results with your very own eyes, but there's an emotional, human connection to this,too, that just, honestly, makes us feel good. Thus, the fourth benefit to becoming Firewise:
As neighbors get together to do Firewise work, often meeting one another for the first time, they build a stronger bond with each other. Firewise activity can help rally people to a common cause for the good of the neighborhood. This strengthening of community ties can benefit residents in many ways, and is especially helpful during an emergency.
As you think about ways to make your community fire adapted, consider having a conversation with your neighbor. Plan a block party or an impromptu meeting at your house and get others involved. Pass out materials and have a discussion about the right approach to wildfire safety for your particular area.
Our wildfire online catalog provides some great resources including brochures and pamphlets that you can pass out. You can also download our very popular online Firewise Toolkit, which has a great tips checklist for homeowners, so you can work on these milestones together.
Starting out on a new venture or finding ways to sustain the momentum of an ongoing one can sometimes be a tough task. But we at NFPA are here to help. Feel free to ask us questions and read our online community stories that will surely inspire and encourage you as you set forth on your own path to success. We look forward to hearing from you!