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Wildfire safety outreach materials
As a member of the fire service and a trusted member of your community, you’re uniquely positioned to help people plan for, respond to, and recover from the devastating effects of a wildland, grass or forest fire.
There are four easy ways to get started:
- Review our fire-adapted community guide PDF 772 KB to learn how the fire service, local officials and the public can work together for wildland fire safety.
- Join the Ready, Set, Go! program, managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The program helps firefighters to teach people who live in high-risk wildfire areas how to prepare against fire threats.
- Learn about the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, which focuses on restoring and maintaining landscapes, fire-adapted communities and response to fire.
- Review tips for communicating about wildland fire from the National Interagency Fire Center.
Outreach materials from the U.S. Fire Administration
Help increase awareness about the risk of wildfires in your community with these messages and free materials.
Wildfires: Protect Yourself and Your Community PDF ~3.5 MB
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This double-sided one-page flyer contains safety tips for protecting homes from wildfires. A space is provided for you to easily include your organization's logo. Tips include:
- Create an emergency bag of personal items that you will need if you are asked to leave your home.
- Leave your home when asked to do so.
- Make and frequently practice a family evacuation plan that includes meeting locations, a communication plan and pet accommodations.
- Clean your roof, gutters and deck of dead leaves and pine needles often.
- Use building and yard materials that won’t burn easily.
- Keep an area up to 200 feet around your home lean, clean and green.
- Follow evacuation instructions from your local emergency officials.
- Practice two ways out of your neighborhood; you will be more prepared if roads are blocked.
- Hold community meetings and work with neighbors to prepare the neighborhood for wildfires.
- Make sure driveways and house numbers are clearly marked and can be seen from the road.
- Meet with your local fire department. Find out how department personnel can help you prepare for wildfires.
Protect Your Home and Community from Wildfire PDF ~700 KB
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This flyer provides tips to help homeowners prepare for the wildfire season. Customize this handout with your organization’s logo.
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This flyer provides tips for homeowners to follow when evacuating from a wildfire. Customize this handout with your organization’s logo.
Social media messages
Copy and paste these messages to your social media accounts and ask your followers to share.
People start most wildfires. Find out how you can promote and practice #wildfire safety at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/wildfire.html
Why do some homes survive a #wildfire while others don't? The owners were prepared! Prepare now at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/wildfire.html
People start most wildfires. Find out how you can promote and practice wildfire safety in your community with our free outreach materials at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/wildfire.html
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Fire Prevention and Public Education Exchange
The Exchange serves as a centralized location for national, state and local fire prevention and life safety practices and public education materials that organizations may wish to share with other communities. Visit the Exchange.
Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) toolkit
This collection of recommended resources will help your fire department prepare for, and respond to, WUI fires. Included are outreach materials, training courses, assessment tools, and links to the latest WUI research studies. Explore toolkit resources
Outreach materials from other organizations
The U.S. Fire Administration recommends the following organizations as trusted and reliable sources for free outreach materials you can use to help increase awareness about the risk of wildfires in your community.
- Fire Adapted Communities. A brochure, infographic, public service announcements, and a media toolkit to use in your outreach to help make your community fire adapted.
The Fire Adapted Communities Coalition is a group of partners committed to helping people and communities in the wildland urban interface adapt to living with wildfire and reduce their risk for damage, without compromising firefighter or civilian safety.
- Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network. Featured resources include a community self-assessment tool, media kit and a field guide that connects experts and projects from around the United States to avoid “reinventing the wheel.”
This organization works with communities across the nation to create a more wildfire-resilient future.
- Firewise USA. Brochures, posters, guidebooks, DVDs, and much more for all of your wildfire safety needs and mitigation projects.
The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise USA program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire.
- Ready, Set, Go!. Ready-to-use wildland fire resources that can help your fire department, regardless of size or outreach ability, to make a positive difference in the community.
The Ready, Set, Go! Program seeks to develop and improve the dialogue between fire departments and the residents they serve. It works in complimentary and collaborative fashion with Firewise and other existing wildland fire public education efforts.
More information on wildfires
- Cohesive Strategy Crosswalk and Strategic Alignment Report PDF 135 KB | Appendices PDF 3.9 MB – This report and its appendices present an assessment of progress to date in implementing the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy. Also identified are additional opportunities for how the Wildland Fire Leadership Council can continue to influence progress toward achieving the vision and goals of the Cohesive Strategy.
- Critical Success Factor – FEMA Grants: Final Report and Action Plan PDF 619 KB – This report provides recommendations for various FEMA grant programs to improve community wildfire mitigation and increase resilience to wildfire.
- International Association of Fire Chiefs/Fire-Adapted Communities – Information and resources for the fire service, including guidance documents, public education programs and the public service announcement “The Hero in You.”
- NFPA Educational Messages Desk Reference – these messages provide fire and life safety educators with accurate and consistent language for use when offering safety information to the public.
- Ready.gov – Wildfire safety tips for the public.
- SmokeyBear.com – Programs in wildland fire prevention and education.
- Wildland Urban Interface Wildfire Mitigation Desk Reference Guide – provides basic information on programs and terminology for community members and agency personnel seeking to enhance their community’s wildfire mitigation efforts.