It’s a pleasure to announce that Cambria has recently been designated a “Firewise Community”. This was accomplished through the efforts of the Cambria Fire Safe Focus Group. This is a joint group of community stakeholders (including CERT) that are dedicating to performing community outreach efforts in order to make it a more fire safe place to live.
To be designated a Firewise Community a five-step process is applied. Communities develop an action plan that guides their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live.
Some of the advantages of being designated a Firewise Community are:
- National & NFPA Recognition
- Fire Wise Street Signs
- Access to training, reference materials, workshops
- Benefits of meeting the application & annual renewal requirements.
- Wildfire Risk Assessment
- Resulting Action Plan
- Fire Wise Event(s)
- Per Capita Investment of at least $2
- Positive factor for Grant Applications
- Homeowner Insurance reductions from participating providers.
Below is the welcome letter that identifies some of the materials and benefits available.
Congratulations on achieving national Firewise Communities/USA® recognition status! It is with great pleasure that we welcome Cambria to the growing number of communities actively working to reduce their wildfire risks. You’ll soon start receiving our monthly electronic Fire Break newsletter.
In the next few weeks you’ll receive two Firewise Communities/USA street signs constructed for outdoor use, for placement in high visibility locations in your community to promote your wildfire mitigation efforts to all residents. The signs will be shipped via UPS and will include two 2016 decals that can be affixed to the signs to denote your current active status in the program.
To access your community’s file in the national database and to enter your annual renewal information visit www.firewise.org/login. Your username will be the email address provided on the community’s application and the initial password is password. For security purposes, after your first sign-on please change the password to something unique.
Your community has access to numerous free materials, with shipping included, that can be used in your educational outreach activities and mitigation events. These can be ordered through our online catalog.
The Firewise website is full of information and online trainings. We’ll keep you updated on our virtual workshop series and other opportunities to share with residents. Everything we provide can be included in your newsletters and outreach efforts. There’s also a detailed User Reference Guide packed with program related information for you and your board’s use; the Firewise Toolkit is an excellent resource too.
We look forward to working with you and learning about your communities risk reduction successes!
Firewise Communities/USA Program Manager