There is an old saying that knowledge is power. When residents work together with their local fire responding agencies and forestry partners. They can learn from them what their risks are and how to take steps to effectively reduce that risk. The two communities whose stories are shared today talk about how they learned what their risk was as well as what steps to take to lessen their risk in the event of a wildfire event.
The Resort on Carefree Boulevard at North Fort Myers, FL
The Resort on Carefree Boulevard’s Environment and Grounds Committee held an all community education event with over 100 participants for Firewise Day. Many topics were discussed
including the importance of being a Firewise community, and how to increase community safety, and reduce wildfire risk. The event was filmed and later posted on the community’s web page for those who could not attend the meeting. The group is working on a sign for their conservation area, which notifies viewers of their Firewise status and potential prescribed burns. The Firewise Wildfire Community banner was hung over the entrance to the clubhouse for a week, and a fire safety brochure was distributed to the entire community.
The Resort on Carefree Boulevard shared with us, “Event participants gave us input that they were willing to join us in future efforts to reduce fire risk, personally and community-wide after they understood the ease of mitigating fire dangers.”
Alapine Village Subdivision Unit 2 at Centre, AL
Alapine Village held a Firewise meeting on Firewise Day. Alabama State Forester Colleen presented a slide show on how to create and maintain defensible space, and held a follow-up discussion with residents.
Alapine Village tells us, “Alabama Foresters helped to educate us when we knew nothing about defensible space. They provided continued support as we grew from improving individual lots to creating a firebreak around our whole 108 acres.”