Californians in my district and across our state know all too well the devastating impacts of wildfires.
As your Representative in Congress, I am committed to ensuring that those on the front lines have every resource they need to protect the health and safety of Californians.
I recently signed on to the FIRE Act, a bipartisan bill that focuses assets within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on wildfire forecasting and detection and improves the technology used to execute this mission, allowing NOAA to quickly disseminate critical information to land managers and firefighters to improve efforts to combat wildfires before they spread to catastrophic levels. The FIRE Act builds on my efforts to address wildfires, including:
- Supporting the Resilient Federal Forests Act (H.R. 4614), which would provide targeted, streamlined forest management reforms to protect the environment and allow land management agencies to increase the pace, scale, cost and efficiency of forest management projects;
- Helping introduce the Trillion Trees Act (H.R. 2639) to conserve, restore and grow 1 trillion trees worldwide globally to grow our forest resiliency and reduce emissions;
- Requesting federal funding for an additional heli-hydrant for the Yorba Linda Water District to fight wildfires; and,
- Fighting for federal funding for a city-wide fuel reduction project for the City of Chino Hills to remove fuel hazards that can accelerate the spread of wildfires.
I encourage you to Get prepared for wildfires by following Ready, Set, Go!
- Be Ready: Create and maintain defensible space and harden your home against flying embers.
- Get Set: Prepare your family and home ahead of time for the possibility of having to evacuate. Ensure you have a plan of what to take and where to go – evacuation plans will be different this year due to COVID-19. Ask friends or relatives outside your area if you would be able to stay with them, should the need arise. If you do need to evacuate and plan to stay with friends or relatives, ask first if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have people in their home at higher risk for serious illness. If that is the case, make other arrangements. Check with hotels, motels and campgrounds to learn if they are open.
- Also get set by learning about your community’s response plan for each disaster and determine if these plans have been adapted because of COVID-19.
- Be Ready to GO! When wildfire strikes, go early for your safety. Take the evacuation steps necessary to give your family and home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.
Recommended Websites For FIRE EDUCATION & Emergency Preparedness
CAL FIRE Fire Safety Education: Find information that will help you make your home and your family more fire safe all year round.
- Fire Safety Education Resources Directory
- Smokey Bear Homepage
- ReadyForWildfire.org - Prepare Your Family Disaster Plan.
- CA Storm and Flood Information.
- FEMA: Disaster Services - Emergency Preparedness Checklist: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides an emergency checklist, home hazard plan, escape plan, and instructions for assembling a fire safety kit.
- California Governor's Office of Emergency Services
- CA Conf. Arson Investigators
- USDA Forest Service (USFS)
- USDA Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management
- National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)
- Fire Weather
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
- Fire Hazard Severity Zones Maps
- National Fire Plan
- Southwest Interface Project
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Bureau of Land Management
- Emergency Medical Services Authority
- National Fire Academy
- US Fire Administration
- CAL FIRE OSFM Fire Safe Planning
- CAL FIRE Firefighters
- California Professional Firefighters (CPF)
- California Fire Chiefs Association
- California State Firefighters' Association (CSFA)
- Border Agency Fire Council (BAFC)
- List of Worldwide Fire Departments
- California Firefighters Memorial
- California Conservation Corps