Firewise communities have shared how they are the heroes of their own story. Many Firewise Communities have shared with us that becoming a Firewise Community has helped them grow a sense of working together for a common cause. This collaborative effort has enabled some of these communities overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, create a sense of community where neighbors help neighbors, and create safer neighborhoods. Henry Ford the automobile industry genius, said it well, “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success!” Read how these two Firewise Communities have successfully worked together.
Screamer Mountain in Clayton, Georgia
Screamer Mountain held a meeting on Firewise Day with a presentation on the Firewise Communities efforts, and a presentation by the US Forest Service on the “Ready, Set, Go!” program. Another Firewise Day was held in connection with the “Clayton Days Festival” on April 24th. A table was set up and residents worked alongside the Georgia Forestry Commission educating the public about wildfire risk and mitigation, and passing out literature. Numerous new contacts were made at this event.
Screamer Mountain tells us, “Firewise Days are very helpful. Firewise Days help to bring our community together as a whole because we are a second home community, and for the most part, this is not our primary residence. We have laminated maps for all residents so they know ways out of the community.”
Leisure Woods in Hiawassee, Georgia
Leisure Woods holds two Firewise Days each year: a Spring clean-up day in April, and a Fall clean-up day in October. On each clean-up day, fuel accumulations are reduced, as neighbors work together to reduce the risk of a damaging wildfire. Firewise literature and information from the Red Cross and FEMA are passed out to residents on those days.
Leisure Woods says, “Firewise is so important. We are a cohesive community, so the neighbors help out those residents who cannot do the clean-up on their own. Education is also important. At our last event, we had the same amount of new residents present as we had hosts/hostesses (those who participate in Firewise already). We use all the information we can get from Firewise, along with Red Cross information and anything from FEMA, etc.”
Location of Clayton, Georgia from Wikipedia