Posted on: May 3, 2019
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Press Releases
Did you know, May 4th Is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day? Most people don’t. Just like they don’t know that wildfires can affect their homes in our Houston communities. Most people think that wildfires only happen out on the prairie on a ranch somewhere. They happen in our communities, too. Often enough for the City of Houston to include information about them on their website.
While wildfire is rare to the Houston area, during times of extended drought, wildland fires can erupt, causing extensive damage to park lands, homes and businesses. Residents can take steps to protect themselves from the effects of these dangerous natural hazards.
What can I do to protect my community from increased fire dangers?
If you are ordered to evacuate – do so immediately. Staying behind puts both you and first responders in more danger.
How do I find my Wildfire Risk?
Residents who live along the “wildland-urban interface”, or the place where wild land meets a neighborhood, or other urban environment, are at risk of wildfire. The Texas A&M Forest Service has developed a website to help residents and property owners better understand their risk of wildfire. visit texaswildfirerisk.org to find yours.
What else can we do to make our Houston neighborhoods safer? We get involved. Yes, as individuals, we can take those steps to protect our homes, but as a group, we can make our homes and businesses even safer. The National Fire Protection Association has a guide to help you got the whole community involved in the fire protection plans.
Become a wildfire safety hero! Begin your journey towards wildfire preparedness by getting involved or organizing a wildfire safety project on May 4. Tell us your story at #WildfirePrepDay or on Facebook.
Encourage local participation!
You can help promote wildfire safety by encouraging residents to work together on a project or event. Participation helps create a sense of community, where neighbors begin to look out for each other. Wildfire Community Preparedness Day projects can also help strengthen relationships between residents and the local fire department, land management agencies, community leaders, and elected officials. See a list of possible projects.
Want to get started?
We have the tools to get you and your community off and running with your own project for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day:
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