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  • Show the RSG National Video or a regionalized version you may have. This will bring the tenants of the program and the efforts of your department into strong focus for the audience.
  • List and highlight your recent wildland fires to explain local threat.
  • List and highlight fuel loads (trees, brush, etc) at risk and where they are located in the area.
  • Hand out copies.
  • Explain the FireWise tenants or whatever the local wildland fire preparedness program is in your area.
  • Explain FireWise or other wildland fire preparedness program tenants here.
  • Review the checklist on page 9.
  • Review the checklist on page 10.
  • Review the checklist on page 9 with the audience and explain safety tips your department knows.
  • Explain what fire service resources are available when a wildland fire event occurs in your area and how residents can be a partner with your department in the wildland fire solution.
  • Fire Adaptive Communities

    1. 1. Georgia’s Forest Action Plan A Road Map for Georgia’s Forests We would like to thank The National Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils (NARC&DC), The US Forest Service, and The Georgia Forestry Commission Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D Council The Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D Council hopes this workshop will help our citizens become more involved with Georgia’s Forest Action Plan
    2. 2. Fire Adaptive Communities Get Involved: Assessment, Awareness, Action
    3. 3. Most people think wildfires only happen out West?
    4. 4. Think again….
    5. 5. WILDFIRES ARE A PART OF YOUR COMMUNITY Naturally occurring in Georgia’s ecosystems for centuries
    6. 6. Are you ready? Is your house ready? “With adequate planning and cooperation among varying interests, wildfires can occur without disastrous loss of life, property, and resources. “
    7. 7. • Wildfires can put dozens (even hundreds) of homes at risk simultaneously. • Firefighters may not have the resources to protect each home. • Residents can take action to increase their homes’ chances of surviving a wildfire.
    8. 8. All of our Counties must be proactive • Makes your house and community fire ready with programs like Firewise Community USA. Examples of actions include: Remove fuel from forest floor Use prescribed burning practices when needed Create buffer zone around houses
    9. 9. Good fires prevent bad ones. • Prescribed Burns: Controlled burns used in forest management • Fire is an essential, natural process: • Replenishes soil nutrients • Removes dead and dying vegetation • Creates conditions for healthy re-growth
    10. 10. Fire-prone communities earn Firewise Communities/USA recognition status by meeting the following criteria: • Complete an assessment and create a plan that identifies locally agreed-upon solutions that the community can implement. • Create Firewise task force, committee, commission or department which maintains the Firewise Community program and tracks its progress or status. • Observe a Firewise Communities/USA Day each year that is dedicated to a local Firewise project.
    11. 11. Continued.. • Invest a minimum of $2.00 annually per capita (in kind) in local Firewise Communities/USA efforts. (Work by municipal employees or volunteers using municipal and other equipment can be included, as can state/federal grants dedicated to that purpose.) • Submit an annual report to Firewise Communities/USA, documenting continuing compliance with the program.
    12. 12. Wildland Urban Interface An increasing population is moving from the urban setting to rural areas adjacent to wildland. This makes development planning and proactive fire prevention tactics a must.
    13. 13. Defensible Space
    14. 14. Develop an Evacuation Plan
    15. 15. Understanding Wildland Fire and Preparedness Working with Towns County Fire Department
    16. 16. Understanding the Threat of Wildland Fire • The Threat of Wildland Fire in Our Area? • Some Examples in Towns county • Escaped debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires in Georgia • 5,420 burn permits issued from July 1,2012-June 30,2013 in Towns • Cedar Knob Fire, Young Harris, 800 acres • Whiskey Mountain Fire, Hiawassee City Limits, 115 acres
    17. 17. Understanding the Threat of Wildland Fire • What Drives Wildland Fires in our Area? • Hardwood leaf litter • wind • steep slopes • low relative humidity • Careless people
    18. 18. Towns County Example
    19. 19. When Structures Become Fuel Pigeon Forge, Tennessee March 2013
    20. 20. The Ready, Set, Go! Program • RSG Personal Wildland Fire Action Plan • Family and Property Preparation • Checklists for Disaster Preparation; what to do as a Fire Approaches; and Emergency Supplies if you have to leave
    21. 21. Ready, Set, Go! Program Tenants • Ready – “Prepare for the Fire Threat” • Defensible Space: Easy Steps You Can Do Now to Safeguard Your Home • Firewise Communities
    22. 22. Ready, Set, Go! Program Tenants • Defensible Space: Easy Steps you can do Now to Safeguard Your Home • Remove leaf litter (dry leaves/pine needles) from yard, roof, and gutters. • Remove combustible material and vegetation from around and under decks. • Remove woodpiles and other combustible materials. • Remove dead and dying vegetation. • Remove and reduce “ladder fuels” (low level vegetation that allows fire to spread from the ground to the tree canopy). • Consider Firewise landscaping techniques.
    23. 23. Ready, Set, Go! Program Tenants • Set – “Situational Awareness when a Fire Starts” • Preparing the Home for a Fire • Inside and out preparation-Page 9 • Alert family and neighbors • Know the current fire danger (November, March, April) • Stay tuned to current information • When you’re Set-Go! • And don’t look back!
    24. 24. Ready, Set, Go! Program Tenants • Go – “Leave Early” • Leaving Early Makes it Safer for You, Your Property and Responding Firefighters • Where to Go: designated safe zones
    25. 25. Ready, Set, Go! Program Tenants • What if you are Trapped by a Moving Fire Front? • Action Guide Checklist: Page 9 • What to Wear • What to Do
    26. 26. A Challenge We Can Face • Prepare Your Family and Home • Understand Wildland Fire • Ensure The Safety of You and Firefighters • Be a Partner in the Wildland Fire Solution
    27. 27. Check out our website: