Life Safety & Emergency Services

Offices of emergency management, fire departments or districts, law enforcement, animal control and management

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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Ready.gov – Wildfires

Graphic / Illustration
This page offers basic tips, resources, videos, and social media graphics focused on actions you can take before, during and after wildfires. Resources are available for kids, families, residents, pet-owners and more. Read More

Ready, Set, GO! Program

Website / Interactive Map
International Association of Fire Chiefs
The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program provides tools and resources for fire departments to use as they help residents gain an understanding of their wildland fire risk and actions individuals can take to reduce that risk. Read More

Ready, Set, GO! Kittitas County

Kittitas Fire Adapted Communities Coalition
From Kittitas County, WA, this video details the steps necessary to prepare yourself, your family and your home from wildfire. Read More

Rangeland Fire Protection Associations: An Alternative Model for Wildfire Response

Authors: Emily Jane Davis, Jesse Abrams, Katherine Wollstein, Alethea Steingisser, James E. Meacham
This study analyzed the establishment, functioning, successes and challenges of the Rangeland Fire Protection Association (RFPA) model through four case studies. Case studies focus on individual RFPAs in Oregon and Idaho and their respective state programs during 2015–16. Read More


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California Electric Commission
This site offers modeling products for utility companies, fire risk managers, and policy makers. Read More

Post Wildfire Flash Flood and Debris Flow Guide

Guide / Pamphlet / Handout
National Weather Service
“Post wildfire flash flooding and debris flows are a realistic threat in Southern California for homesand communities located within or along a wildland urban interface that has experienced a recentwildfire. It is crucial to plan and prepare for this type of hazard to prevent and reduce the loss of lifeand property, and to develop community... Read More

Planning for ASL Interpretation: A Guide For Facilitators

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Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network
This toolkit includes information and tips for planning events, communicating with interpreters and persons requesting interpretive services, and preparing facilitators, presenters, and the audience. Specific resources included for the state of Washington, but information in generally widely applicable. Read More

Planning Considerations: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place

Guide / Pamphlet / Handout
Federal Emergency Management Agency
This document supports state, local, tribal, and territorial partners in planning for evacuation and/or shelter-in-place actions. It summarizes characteristics that jurisdictions should consider when planning for evacuation and/or shelter-in-place operations and contains job aids and checklists that jurisdictions can customize to meet their needs for all disasters (regardless of scale). Read More

Planning Considerations: Disaster Housing– Guidance for State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Partners

Guide / Pamphlet / Handout
Federal Emergency Management Agency
This document provides guidance on national housing priorities, types of housing, key considerations and housing-specific planning recommendations for state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) jurisdictions to use as they develop disaster housing plans and strategies for their communities. Read More

Outdoor and Wildfire Safety Pictographs

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US Fire Administration
A series of outdoor and wildfire fire safety pictographs available for download and use, covering a variety of messages from grill and campfire safety to mitigation actions like limbing trees and clearing gutters. Read More
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Photo Credit: Annie Leverich, Watershed Research and Training Center