Can Your Home Survive a Wildfire?

Dr. Jack Cohen, Fire Science Researcher with the USDA Forest Service, explains current research about how homes ignite during wildfires, and the actions that homeowners can take to help their home survive the impacts of flames and embers. Featuring footage from the IBHS Research Center showing ember experiments on full-scale structures, this primer helps explain the basic steps to protect homes, and shows where to find more information.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL_syp1ZScM

Available Resources

The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program, managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), seeks to develop and improve the dialogue between fire departments and the residents they serve. Launched nationally in March 2011 at the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI 2011) Conference, the program helps fire departments to teach individuals who live in high risk wildfire areas – and the wildland-urban interface – how to best prepare themselves and their properties against fire threats. The RSG! Program tenets help residents be Ready with preparedness understanding, be Set with situational awareness when fire threatens, and to Go, acting early when a fire starts.

Amazon Smile Program

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support PAWUIC every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find exactly the same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price (.05%) to the congregation.

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, Amazon may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission (PAWUIC) to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

1.     Go to smile.amazon.com and find the link to Your Account near the top of the page.

2.     Select Your Charity from the drop down menu.

3.     Put “Prescott Area Wildland” in the Search box, then select Prescott Area Wildland-Urban Interface Commission. Click Select and you’re done.

4.     Use smile.amazon.com for all your Amazon purchases and PAWUIC will receive .05% of your purchases.

Fry's Community Rewards Program

 Did you know you can support PAWUIC just by shopping at Fry's? It's easy when you enroll in Fry's Community Rewards! To get started, sign up with your V.I.P Card, and select Prescott Area Wildland-Urban Interface Commission. Once you're enrolled, you'll earn rewards for the organization every time you shop and use your V.I.P Card!

Fry's is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches, synagogues and other nonprofit organizations will earn millions of dollars through Fry's Community Rewards. The Fry’s program was designed to make your fund-raising the easiest in town…all you have to do is shop at Fry's and swipe your V.I.P Card! Enroll now for the Fry's Community Rewards Program. And remember…all participants must re-enroll each year to continue earning rewards for their chosen organization.

Procedure

1.     Go to https://www.frysfood.com

2.     Select Community, then Community Rewards from the menu at the top of the page.

3.     If you don’t already have a Fry’s VIP account, click on the link and set up one.

4.     When you have your  Fry's V.I.P account, click the Enroll Now button to enroll/re-enroll in the Fry's Community Rewards program.

5.     Put “Prescott Area Wildland” in the Search box, then select Prescott Area Wildland-Urban Interface Commission Click Enroll and you’re done.

Every time you use your VIP card a small portion of your total (.05%) will be allocated for the organization.

Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN)

The State of Arizona's official source for emergency updates, preparedness and hazard information, and related resources. Bookmark this page to stay informed. We encourage you to bookmark www.AzEIN.gov also fan, follow and subscribe to AzEIN on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Blogger.

Wildfire Hazard Risk Report from CoreLogic

The 2015 CoreLogic Wildfire Hazard Risk Report examines the residential properties potentially exposed to wildfire risk in 13 western states, including Arizona. This report provides a comprehensive evaluation of the total number of properties at each risk level, along with the estimated reconstruction value of the single-family residences at risk in the region. In addition to the total estimate, a summary of the properties at risk and the associated single-family home reconstruction cost is provided for each individual state, as well as tables that provide similar information for several metropolitan areas across the country. (Site requires a one-time, free registration.)

The Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership

The Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership is an alliance of environmental, governmental, and business organizations dedicated to researching and demonstrating approaches to forest ecosystem restoration in the ponderosa pine forests surrounding Flagstaff, Arizona. (http://gffp.org)

What to Do with Pine Needles

After you have cleared that pine straw from your gutters and in the first thirty feet of your defensible space, what next?  Ken Lain of Watters Garden Center has some helpful hints.  Remember that up to two inches of pine straw, like leaves, is allowable outside of the Home Ignition Zone #1.  http://www.wattersgardencenter.com/2015/pine-needles-bad-for-our-gardens/ 

ASU Executive Fire Administration Program

Lead change and implement innovation in fire and emergency services organizations through the Executive Fire Administration concentration in the Master of Arts in Public Safety Leadership and Administration (PSLA) degree program.

The executive fire administration concentration is a part of the Master of Arts in Public Safety Leadership and Administration is offered by the College of Public Service & Community Solutions through ASU Online. The 33-hour program can be completed in as little as one year. A culminating experience is a required element in the program. These mentored, applied projects tie theory to practice. In doing so, they represent opportunities for students to make direct and positive impacts in their home communities.

For more information, go to https://asuonline.asu.edu/online-degree-programs/graduate/masters-public-safety-leadership-and-administration-executive-fire