NFPA has recently been awarded a cooperative agreement by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to develop a Fire Adapted Communities™ (FAC) initiative aimed at raising the level of wildfire risk awareness among the public, and encourage shared responsibility and pro-active planning for living safely in high-risk areas. The project includes the development of a comprehensive website to be launched in Spring 2011.
The website will draw on a number of existing wildland fire safety resources and successful programs to help emphasize the importance of being a fire adapted community, and how to become one, and will provide a collection of resources in one place at www.fireadapted.org.
According to Molly Mowery, NFPA’s program manager for Fire Adapted Communities and International Outreach, “There are a host of programs, including the Firewise Communities Program, that have been successful, and we want to let the public know about them so they can begin to take action both individually and as a community. The new Fire Adapted Communities website will help people understand all of these existing concepts and pull them together in one easily accessible place.”
NFPA is collaborating with a coalition of eight organizations, who will also provide content for the new site.