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Welcome to Be Wildfire Ready!

Registration for the next Firewise Virtual Workshop: Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life is now open! This no-charge session is scheduled for Tuesday, September 16 at 11am MDT.  The topic compliments September’s National Preparedness Month campaign; Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare http://www.ready.gov/september.  Please share this opportunity with the communities you work with.

The featured presenter is author and researcher Linda Masterson. Her book Surviving Wildfire – Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life is a comprehensive guide that will motivate residents to become better prepared; and provide professionals with information they can use in their outreach and education efforts. Masterson wrote the book after losing her home to a 2011 Colorado wildfire.  Her compelling story details the journey that she and her husband navigated during the evacuation, recovery and rebuilding phases.  She shares the importance of both mitigation and preparedness actions in a testimonial style tone.

The first 100 registrants for this session will receive a complimentary copy of the Surviving Wildfire Pocket Guide, a companion to Masterson’s Surviving Wildfire: Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life (A Handbook for Homeowners). Participation in the live workshop is limited and preregistration is required!   

 To register, or access the recorded workshop following the live session, visit http://firewise.org/online-courses-and-education/virtualworkshops.aspx.



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Ready – Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildfire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space (Be Firewise!) by clearing brush and debris away from your home.  Clean your gutters and roof- remove leaves and pine needles. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures.  Move combustibles like firewood away from your home. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe spot.  Make sure all people residing within the home are on the same page, plan escape routes. Create a family emergency communication plan or neighborhood phone tree. Call your insurance agent to ensure that your policy is up to date. Create a home inventory including all of the contents of your home.

Set – Act immediately!  If you receive an emergency notification from the Grand County Dispatch Center or CodeRED to evacuate- pack your vehicle with your emergency items.  Be situationally aware- stay abreast of the latest news, both reported on news crews and from your local government officials (www.gcemergency.com). Look for updated information on the fire on www.inciweb.org.

Go – Leave early!  Following your Action Plan makes you prepared at this step of the process. Close windows and doors. Leave a note on your door letting first responders know that you have evacuated. Firefighters are now able to best fight the wildfire, knowing that you and your family are safely out of harm’s way.

 Don’t let the first time you educate yourself on wildland fire be in the aftermath,

join with us and be a part of the wildland fire solution today!

Be Wildfire Ready recommends the Surviving Wildfire Handbook by Linda Masterson


Be Wildfire Ready would like to thank the University of Nevada Cooperative and


This website made possible with a grant from The Grand Foundation


Sponsored by the Grand County Firefighters Association

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