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Talking to Your Neighbors About Firewise

Behavioral science research shows that once people understand there is something they can do to reduce their vulnerability to wildfire, they are more apt to act. NFPA's Firewise Communities/USA® program is an important step to teaching homeowners how to adapt to living with wildfire.

Neighbors helping neighbors
The program goal is to reduce the loss of lives, properties, and resources to wildland fire by building and maintaining communities in a way that is compatible with our natural surroundings. One of the most important things Firewise Communities/USA participants learn is neighbors can help neighbors and they are often inextricably linked together in their wildfire safety solutions.

Landowners understandably prefer to make choices related to their surroundings. But we often believe there’s nothing we can do, that wildfire mitigation is too difficult or prohibitively expensive. Firewise Communities/USA provides up-to-date information for homeowners and communities to help change this situation. Residents who participate in the Firewise process create an action plan that commits them to a sustained program of wildfire mitigation, which is generally both physically doable and cost-effective. Ultimately, by creating your own plan, you’ll be able to develop unique solutions to your wildfire mitigation challenges.

Resources
Firewise provides a discussion template to assist you in starting a dialogue with neighbors about the benefits of adopting the Firewise program in your area.  Our User Reference Guide to the Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program (PDF, 1.5 MB) provides additional facts about Firewise participation and community benefits. It also provides applications, references and resources you need to begin the process. This and other brochures and materials can be found in our online catalog. In addition, the Firewise Communities Program publishes a quarterly, informative newsletter called Firewise Communities: The How To Newsletter and our plant lists are filled with lots of great tips and tools to help generate landscaping ideas for around your home.

By working together, we can make a difference.