Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Fire Safe Council For Monterey County presents Wildfire and You

 An online workshop, to help seniors and people with disabilities prepare for wildfire.

Monterey, CA, October 13, 2020 - The Fire Safe Council For Monterey County and Wanda Vollmer of Peace of Mind Preparedness have developed a free workshop, Wildfire and You, to help inform everyone in Monterey County, including the County's seniors and those with disabilities and their relatives, friends, and caregivers, how they can prepare for wildfires before they start, to help protect lives and homes.

Wildfires have become an increasingly unnerving fact of life in California, and can pose great risks to anyone — however, recent wildfires have disproportionately taken the lives of seniors and those with disabilities. 

The Wildfire and You workshop takes about 30 minutes to complete and can be taken at any time at no cost by going to this web page and following the simple instructions  www.firesafemonterey.org/workshops.html

Over 100,000 of Monterey County's residents live in the county's rural areas, which encompass about 1.6 million acres in County jurisdiction, largely covered with hazardous accumulations of wildfire fuels. 

Fortunately, the recent wildfires in Monterey County have taken place during relatively benign weather conditions, without the unprecedented high winds experienced during recent wildfires in other counties.  As bad as the losses and destruction were from recent wildfires in Monterey County, it could have been much worse.

There is still an opportunity to work to prepare Monterey County for wildfire, but that opportunity could end on any summer day with hot windy conditions.  Best is to work to prepare now, without delay. 

Development of the Wildfire and You workshop was funded with a generous grant from Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula (CERV) and Listos California. 

The focus of the Wildfire and You workshop is to help Monterey County residents prepare their property for wildfire by creating effective defensible space, reducing wildfire fuels, and by home hardening, helping homes and communities withstand the impacts of wildfires and safely evacuate when needed.

About the Fire Safe Council For Monterey CountyFire Safe Council For Monterey County is a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to protecting lives and property from harm by wildfires, and to educating the public on wildfire dangers and how to reduce them. It supports projects that help make homes, neighborhoods, and communities fire safe by management of natural and man-made resources. Learn more at www.firesafemonterey.org 

About Peace of Mind Preparedness

Wanda Vollmer's company, Peace of Mind Preparedness makes the point that, "… our comfortable world is not a given, nor a right, and our responsibility to ourselves, our loved ones, and our employees is to anticipate and prepare," and helps teach you how to do that.  Learn more at https://peaceofmindpreparedness.com/

About Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula 

CERV of the Monterey Peninsula is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to support local CERT programs, build public awareness about emergency preparedness, and promote the community's capacity to respond to natural disasters and man-made emergencies.  Learn more at www.cerv501c3.org/. 

About Listos California

Listos California says, "Be Ready to Protect Your Loved Ones in Case of Emergencies and Natural Disasters. Stay Informed and Save Lives."  Learn more at www.listoscalifornia.org/.

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

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