Life Safety & Emergency Services

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Life safety and emergency services groups often focus on preparedness, planning and response to wildfire. This can include evacuation, emergency preparedness and more. The resources below provide a wide variety of considerations and tools to use when preparing communities for wildfire. Please note, some resources might be applicable to multiple roles within the community.

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WUI-NITY: a platform for the simulation of wildland-urban interface fire evacuation

Guide / Pamphlet / Handout
National Fire Protection Association
This report introduces a modeling platform called WUI-NITY. The platform provide simulation of human and fire behavior during wildfire evacuations to enhance the situational awareness of responders and residents in evacuation scenarios. The platform provides information on the dynamic evolution of the situation. Read More

Wildland Urban Interface Wildfire Mitigation Desk Reference Guide

Guide / Pamphlet / Handout
National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group
The Wildland Urban Interface Wildfire Mitigation Desk Reference Guide provides basic background information on relevant programs and terminology for those seeking to enhance their community’s wildfire mitigation efforts. Read More

Wildfire Prepared Home

Website / Interactive Map
Insurance Institute of Business and Home Safety
At the individual home level, researchers have identified core actions (such as installing an ignition-resistant roof and reducing fuels around the home) which will allow homeowners to receive a Wildfire Prepared Home designation. The program is based on research from the Insurance Institute of Business and Home Safety’s Suburban Wildfire Adaptation Roadmaps, Read More

Wildfire Outreach Materials

Graphic / Illustration
US Fire Administration
This site provides awareness and prevention materials to share with your community. The goal of the materials is to help your community better live with wildland urban interface fires. Read More

Tracking Damage and Air Quality Impacts from Fires

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
This page from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) offers tools and information on how their data and applied research supports decision-making for federal, state and local response agencies before, during and after a fire. Read More

Tips to Coordinate an Evacuation Drill

Guide / Pamphlet / Handout
Fire Safe Marin
“This document will walk you through how to practice a drill on your own, and then coordinate and run an evacuation drill for your neighborhood. It is important to practice on your own first, including any housemates/family members, and pets, before trying to participate in a larger evacuation drill with the neighborhood.” A good example... Read More

The Panic Myth: What Does the Research Say and What Can Practitioners Do?

Blog Post / Story
Sarah McCaffrey, Annie Schmidt
This blog article, posted by the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, focuses on what the research says about panic and information delivery during disasters as well as provides helpful tips on how to better communicate. Written from both a research and practitioner perspective, the blog contains lots of helpful tips and resources for additional learning. Read More

Show Me for Emergencies (App)

Agenda / Template / Tool
Massachusetts Dept of Public Health
Show Me for Emergencies is a free app for emergency workers and people with communication needs. It uses easy-to-understand icons for two-way communication during an emergency. This is an app for download. Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/show-me-for-emergencies/id840012297 Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.ma.dph.showme&hl=en_US&gl=US Read More

Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool (RAPT)

Agenda / Template / Tool
Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool (RAPT) is a free GIS web map that allows federal, state, local, tribal and territorial emergency managers and other community leaders to examine the interplay of census data, infrastructure locations, and hazards, including real-time weather forecasts, historic disasters and estimated annualized frequency of hazard risk. Read More

Regional Wildfire Retrofit Guides

Guide / Pamphlet / Handout
Insurance Institute of Business & Home Safety
Wildfire risks can vary from region to region, and are dependent on building codes, building styles, and topography. To address these differences, the Insurance Institute of Business and Home Safety developed a series of regional guides which include a risk assessment checklist and cost estimator to help home and business owners prioritize necessary retrofit projects. Read More
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