Texas Emergency Management ONLINE2012 Vol. 59 No. 4

Message From The Chief

Wildfire awareness

The unexpected spring rains we’ve experienced this year have yielded plentiful fuels in some areas along with high winds. This should have emergency managers on alert for the possibility of wildfires. Though many areas in Central and East Texas have welcomed rain, other areas have seen very little and the threat for wildfires still remains. Awareness is the first step to preparedness.

Wildfire Awareness Week in Texas is April 9 – 13, 2012. It is a good time for all of us to make sure our families and our communities are ready in the event of a wildfire and to make a Wildfire Action Plan. Certain communities have also taken it upon themselves to prepare for wildfires by implementing the Ready, Set, Go! Program which teaches homeowners steps to protect themselves and their homes from wildfires.

It is critically important that we remind all Texans of the need for fire safety, whether they reside in rural communities or live in suburbs on the edges of our urban communities. They need information about what they should do when wildfires threaten and they need to be reminded of the importance of monitoring local broadcast media for information on fire danger.

The Division of Emergency Management continually coordinates with the Texas Forest Service and other state agencies to ensure that resources are available for quick response when requested when wildland fires break out. We need your help to work with us in combating the threat of wildfire. This can be accomplished through quick and well-organized response to the threat. This goal also can be supported through public education and awareness programs and prevention efforts. Please visit the links below for more information.

The vast majority of Texas wildfires are caused by human beings, when debris escapes from sites where burns are taking place. Tossed cigarettes and hot catalytic converters on cars can also ignite dry vegetation. With your help, educational efforts can go far to prevent these incidents. Please feel free to use the materials to develop your own local public education campaigns and to help boost citizen awareness of the serious threat that wildfires pose to Texas forests, grasslands, farms, ranches and communities.

Ready, Set, Go!
Be Ready, Be Firewise
Texas Forest Service
Texas Division of Emergency Management Wildfire Awareness page

Chief W. Nim Kidd, CEM®
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