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Living less dangerously from wildfire: moving from planning to action

Blog Post created by Faith Berry Employee on May 7, 2015

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As we review how a community, fire department or individual moves from the planning to action phase in our Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire campaign, I thought of a quote I saw on a The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) website.  The NCBI is a part of the United States National Library of Medicine, a branch of the National Institutes of Health. Although the paper is a study of enhancing motivation to help individuals, there was a key component discussed in the paper about how medical professionals can help a client adopt or act upon positive changes that make a difference.  The quote states, “Strong commitment alone does not guarantee change. Unfortunately, enthusiasm does not make up for ineptness... Commitment without appropriate coping skills and activities can create a tenuous action plan... Anticipation of problems and pitfalls appears to be a solid problem-solving skill." [DiClemente, 1991.] NCBI

As we take action we must build upon a sound plan based upon Firewise principles that take a holistic look at the home and the landscape surrounding the home.  It is good to have a strong commitment to change, but just as important is to first have that plan in place that has buy in from everyone in the community. It must honestly take a look at the community vulnerabilities to wildfire.  Working together collaboratively creates a well-thought-out, planned course of action. This plan takes into consideration multiple components within the community itself that contribute to action that will enhance community resilience during a wildfire event.  The actions then will create change that truly makes a difference.

Follow the NFPA’s Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire campaign to see how fire departments, communities and individuals can take action.

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