It is the little things that can make a difference over time. Little things can add up over time to create safer homes and communities. I have visited communities that needed a lot of work, but with perseverance and a little elbow grease within a couple of years, you could hardly recognize it as the same neighborhood. Monte Sereno has a story to tell about how they worked together to create a safer community that has also learned how to enjoy working together to make a difference.
Monte Sereno Neighborhood in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Monte Sereno held a community picnic on Firewise Day to raise awareness and also offered free pick up of deadwood by the Santa Fe Fire Department (SFFD). The American Red Cross and SFFD participated in Firewise Day events. Between May and August of 2014, the SFFD picked up about 20 tons of debris free of charge through a grant that provided funds to hire wildland urban interface specialists.
Monte Sereno tells us, “The Fire Prevention Committee continued to work on the Wildfire Action Plan during the summer, and answered questions about Firewise throughout the year. We also collaborated the with the SFFD, the City Office of Emergency Management, and the Regional Emergency Communication Center to stage an evacuation exercise of neighborhood residents later in the summer.”
Picture submitted by Monte Sereno Firewise Community in Santa Fe, New Mexico