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The September/October NFPA Journal is out and in its latest WildfireWatch column, I wrestle with the idea of what we are collectively willing to invest in the future we want to have.

Wildfire cover photo NFPA Journal Sept15 WildfireWatch ColumnFor some backstory, I’ve seen the costs of large fires out west dominate recent news and agency operations budgets, while accepted development in the wildland urban interface continues.  Individual counties are going to welcome economic development and new population.  Yet, preparedness and prevention for wildfire in those areas are seen as luxuries to be taken for granted when states debate annual budgets and the amount we should invest to ensure proper stewardship of lands. 

NFPA, Firewise, and local stakeholders all see the value in an ounce of prevention and I offer a consideration on the future we should embrace.

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As we embark on a Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire we explore what it means to embrace change that creates resiliency.  Embracing change to better prepare for a wildfire event means accepting and acknowledging the risk, understanding what needs to be done to lessen the risk and grasping, holding tightly good principles based on scientific research to make change a part of your lifestyle.

Explore how you can embrace change, by learning what piece you have to solve the wildfire disaster puzzle whether you are a fire fighter, insurance agent, community leader/legislator or resident.  Puzzlepieces2Everyone holds a piece.

The new phase explores opportunities for engaging in activities that can help you learn and make lasting changes.  As John F Kennedy has said, “One person can make a difference and every person should try.”

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