Education Resources

Best of the Best education resources for residents:

Be Ember Prepared: Will Your House Survive When the Embers Arrive? From the University of Nevada, Reno, a 26-minute video with excellent information and powerful visuals driving home the message that no matter what you might do about defensible space and landscape maintenance, it's the little things in and around your house that could determine if your house burns down (or not). This is the BEST EDUCATION TOOL we've seen so far because of the great visuals and the focus on the dangers of the ember storm that is responsible for most burned homes.

The best information about home hardening (what you need to do in and around your buildings) is from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. These are comprehensive, detailed and based on scientific research. The first one was a handout from Dr. Kate Wilkin at the December 2019 Coalition meeting. Yes, it's a lot of information but it's all in one place, and it's proven by research performed by people who aren't trying to sell you anything. Download both:

Early Warning Alerts-Weather & How to Stay Informed 19Aug2020.pdf This one-pager tells you how to check daily wind forecasts, sign up in advance for emergency alerts, and, during an ACTUAL EMERGENCY, how to stay updated and informed (radio, websites, text alerts and other methods for real-time information)

Roadside Clearing Regulations: make your roads safe for firefighters to get IN and for you to get OUTThis unofficial one-page PDF created by the Coalition of Firewise Communities tells you the requirements, in the unincorporated County, City of Grass Valley and Nevada City, for clearing back from the sides of private roads. Diagrams help make it clear. There are three times as many private roads in the County as there are public roads, and the property owners are responsible for meeting these requirements.

Presenters' Powerpoints/PDFs from meetings of the Coalition of Firewise Communities:

See this page for presentations given at the All-Nevada County Education Event held online Aug. 4, 2020. See below for other presentations.

Official Sites of public and private wildfire safety organizations, with helpful information

Ready-Set-Go Resources

  • Code RED Flyer - Everything you need to know about CodeRED. To sign up for CodeRED, go to this page.
  • Red Flag Warning informational handout - Everything you need to know about a Red Flag Warning & a Personal Wildland Fire Action Plan Handout. See above (Early Warning Alerts-Weather & How to Stay Informed) for how to sign up for County OES alerts which can give you advance notice of Red Flag Warnings.
  • Wildland Fire Action Guide - Comprehensive Guide to preparing for the Wildland Fire
  • An excellent 44-page Home Inventory Guide flipbook from the office of the state Insurance Commissioner. Download it and fill it out, so you're ready if you need to make a claim.