July 19, 2014 
 
July in Nevada can mean hot temperatures and thunderstorms with numerous fire starts. This month has proved to be the rule rather than the exception so far. Read on for resources on how to prepare before you need to evacuate, learn why it's so important to replace that wood shake roof, and find out about the encouraging work the local fire district has been up to in Incline Village!
Photo courtesy of the Nevada Appeal 

Prepare to Evacuate Before Wildfire Threatens 

July is Evacuation Preparedness Month in Washoe County and the Emergency Manager's Office has many links to help residents prepare for disaster. With fire starts occurring in Nevada, and dry conditions that provide plenty of fuel for flames to spread, now is a great time to prepare to evacuate. Keep reading... 
Photo courtesy of Lake Valley Fire Protection District  
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Did you know that replacing a wood shake roof, while an expensive endeavor, can be one of the best methods to reduce the wildfire threat to a home? Read this fact sheet for information on how wood shake roofs can burn and endanger an entire community, and why the best solution is to replace them with a fire-rated type.

 
Photo courtesy of North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District
Partner Spotlight:
North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District 
On June 7th and 14th, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District (NLTFPD) hosted block parties in Incline Village with the goal of promoting evacuation planning, defensible space, and neighborhood connectivity. Seventy participants between the two events had lunch and met with their local fire service representatives and discussed wildfire concerns. NLTFPD conducted defensible space inspections and scheduled many others to follow! Many attendees followed the lunch discussion and event by starting work on their defensible space.  

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 Funding Opportunities
Money-saving tip:
Whether you're replacing a wood shake roof, or are reducing the fuel around your property, see if your neighbors would like to do a similar project. Then call around to see if any businesses have group rates or give discounts for multiple projects!

FEMA: FY14 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program 
States and Federally-recognized Native American Tribes can apply for funds for wildfire mitigation projects. Local Governments are considered sub-applicants and need to apply to their state applicant. The funding for the program has increased in FY14 from $23 million to $63 million. Grant proposals are due 7/25/2014. See the details here
This newsletter is provided by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, an EEO/AA institution, with funding from a State Fire Assistance grant from the Nevada Division of Forestry and USDA Forest Service. Additional support is provided by the Bureau of Land Management - Nevada State Office.

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FACs
Nevada neighborhoods located in wildfire-prone areas should work toward becoming Fire Adapted Communities (FACs). FACs are communities that can survive a wildfire with little or no assistance from firefighters.This is possible because of how the homes are constructed and maintained, the manner vegetation within and surrounding the community is managed and the knowledge and skills of the residents. During a wildfire, FACs reduce the potential for loss of human life and injury, minimize damage to homes and infrastructure and reduce firefighting costs. For more information, watch Fire Adapted Communities: The Next Step in Wildfire Preparedness.

Contact us to schedule a presentation on how your community can work toward becoming fire adapted!
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