This Saturday is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Are you prepared for a wildfire? If you say, “that could never happen here,” you should read about the 1993 fire that exploded in northern Laguna Beach and worked its way up to Newport Beach eventually burning 16,000 acres and hundreds of homes.

Good, now we’ve got your attention. Truth is, it can happen here.

This Saturday, May 4, Newport Beach residents are gearing up to participate in the national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. In partnership with the Newport Beach Fire Safe Council, the Newport Coast Community Association is leading local efforts to educate residents and prepare for the upcoming wildfire season.

As part of this national campaign, communities nationwide are coming together to raise awareness and take proactive measures to safeguard homes and families against wildfires. Newport Beach, situated in a “High Fire Threat Zone,” understands the importance of wildfire prevention and resilience-building.

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Courtesy of Newport Beach Fire Safe Council

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is a campaign that encourages people and organizations everywhere to come together on a single day to take action to raise awareness and reduce wildfire risks

“We’re proud to join forces with the Newport Beach Fire Safe Council to participate in this national initiative,” said Gerald Klein, board member of the Newport Coast Community Association. “By working together as a community, we can make a real difference in protecting our homes and loved ones.”

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day aims to educate residents about wildfire prevention and provide practical tips on preparing homes for the fire season. Simple actions to defend the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ), such as cleaning roofs and gutters, installing metal mesh screening over vents, and clearing vegetation around homes, can significantly increase property resilience.

To raise awareness and encourage participation, the Newport Coast Community Association will launch an email campaign and spread the word through various channels. Residents can also find more information about wildfire prevention and steps by visiting www.nfpa.org/events/wildfire-community-preparedness-day.

For more information about Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and how you can get involved, get in touch with the Newport Beach Fire Safe Council at https://newportbeachfiresafecouncil.com.


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