In 2018, we delivered more than 30 public presentations to audiences ranging from 20 to 500. The California Fire Science Consortium, the University of California Cooperative Extension, and homeowners groups from across the County have experienced our excellent presentations. Topics typically include how to harden buildings against wildfire ignition, defensible space, and how to organize local fire safe councils. Presentations generally last between one and three hours, and can include “walk around” assessments of homes. If you would like us to make a presentation to your group please feel free to contact us.
Sonoma County Fair
Several times each year we participate in Special Events related to our mission. In August of 2018 we partnered with the California Fire Safe Council (CFSC), Farmers Insurance ®, the Mayacamas Fire Safe Council, the Insurance Information Institute, and the Santa Barbara Fire Safe Council and staffed an informational booth at the Sonoma County Fair. Throughout 2019, we have participated in countless Sonoma County Resiliency meetings and presentations.
Ready Set Go
In 2019, we worked collaboratively with the Sonoma County Fire Chief’s Association to establish a Ready-Set-Go! Program. This is a Nationally recognized program we are adapting to the needs of Sonoma County.
Moreover, in November 2019, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) provided $50,000 to the organizations to fund printing of Ready Set Go booklets in English and Spanish and to develop wildland safety content messages deliverable through via social media and in-person events.
The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG), program educates residents about proactive measures to take before a wildfire, or other emergency, and actions to follow when communities are threatened. The program’s three tenets encourage Sonoma County residents to get READY by preparing now for what threatens their community, to be SET by maintaining awareness of significant danger and to GO, evacuate immediately when the danger is current and life threatening.
Community CWPPs: Template and Three Local Projects
This past year we continued our work on a CAL FIRE grant funded project to create a template for local communities to use to create community-scale Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) and to create CWPPs for the Fitch Mountain, Fort Ross, and Mark West Watershed areas as prototypes. This two and a half year project will end in March 2019.
Camp Meeker Fire Safe Council CWPP
We assisted the Goldridge Resource Conservation District with their grant application to CAL FIRE for fire planning on behalf of the newly created Camp Meeker Fire Safe Council. Fire Safe Sonoma is a Stakeholder in this grant with specific obligations.