How We Can Help

We have many tools available to educators, homeowners, community groups, fire safe councils and firefighting professionals to help educate and inform others about mitigating Nevada’s wildfire threat. Presented below are some of the resources we have available to help make your home and community more likely to survive a wildfire.

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How We Can Help

Displays

  • Fire Adapted Communities
    This display was funded by the Nevada Division of Forestry and USDA Forest Service in cooperation with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension as part of a Washoe County project. It can be reserved for use at community events, HOA meetings, fire department activities and many other types of events. Please contact us for more information or to request it for your event. Note that transportation is not provided.

 

  • It Takes a Community
    This display was funded by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Nevada State Office and can be checked out for use at community events, HOA meetings, fire department activities and many other types of events throughout Nevada. Please contact us for more information or to request it for your event. Note that transportation is not provided. Requests from outside of Nevada should be coordinated through your local BLM office.

 

  • Living With Fire – Great Basin version
    This display was funded by a National Fire Plan grant from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Nevada State Office and can be checked out for use at community events, HOA meetings, fire department activities and other events throughout Nevada. Please contact us for more information or to request it for your event. Note that transportation is not provided.

 

  • Living With Fire – Eastern Sierra Front version
    This display was funded by a National Fire Plan grant from the USDA Forest Service and Nevada Division of Forestry and can be checked out for use at community events, HOA meetings, fire department activities and many other types of events throughout Nevada. Please contact us for more information or to request it for your event. Note that transportation is not provided.

Graphics

View the many promotional items we have available to help build awareness and promote action in reducing the wildfire threat. Many of the graphic files for these items are available for your use. Contact us to request a copy or to learn more about these items.

Banner Samples

Billboard Samples

Display Ad Sample

Poster Samples

 

 

Household Inventory Interactive Program

We have developed a digital household inventory interactive program to help you take stock of your possessions before a wildfire strikes your community. Representatives from the insurance industry tell us that having a complete inventory is very helpful to the process of settling a claim. Please download and save the interactive form before you begin. We also suggest you take photographs and/or a video of the contents of your home, both inside and outside including your landscaping. Once completed, please store your household inventory on a CD or flashdrive in a secure location away from your home (with a family member, in a bank safe deposit box, at your workplace, etc.)

 

Landscape Industry Training

Since the landscape surrounding a house can have significant influence on its survivability during a wildfire, the landscape industry has a critical role in helping Nevadans live more safely in high fire-hazard areas. This training will familiarize participants with Nevada’s wildfire hazards and provide wildfire threat-reduction recommendations that can be integrated into the home landscape. Our most recent training was conducted on March 17, 2014 in Reno.  For your convenience, a list of participants who successfully completed the course and final exam is provided HERE.  Contact us to learn more about this program.

Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities

The Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities (The Network) is an organization of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension that seeks to put Nevadans living in high fire-hazard communities in touch with the resources they need to work toward becoming fire adapted. In response to the growing wildfire threat, with over 8 million acres burned in a single year in the last decade, The Network seeks to unite like-minded individuals who want to prepare their homes and communities before a wildfire occurs. To learn more about The Network, visit The Network page on this website.

Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month

Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week was traditionally held each year to build awareness and encourage action to reduce the wildfire threat to Nevada homes and communities. Due to popular demand and the ever-increasing wildfire threat, we expanded this effort in 2014 to encompass the entire month of May.

This year and through the collaborative effort of 148 partners, we held 185 events or activities reaching more than 8,655 participants.  This included local events, direct mail efforts, school events and many others.  A complete summary report can be downloaded here.  Do you want to get involved next year?  Planning meetings begin in January…get involved by contacting Sonya Sistare at 775-336-0271 or [email protected].

 

Presentations

We have a variety of PowerPoint and video presentations available for your use. Download the files here, or contact us to request a CD.

Youth Activity

Activity Description

The Ember House is a youth activity promoting wildfire ember awareness for young and old alike. Built by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, the Ember House is a scaled-down house front featuring vulnerable spots to embers, such as rain gutter with pine needles, wood shake roof, open window, unscreened vents, juniper bush, and an open garbage can. Participants are given 3 bright orange ping-pong balls (embers) which they toss at the house trying to land them into the vulnerable spots.

Hopefully, the parents are asking “Why do they have my child throwing embers at this house?” presenting a valuable teachable moment. This is a great time for The Ember House attendee to hand out the Be Ember Aware publication and discuss ember preparedness with the adults.

The Ember House is available for use at your school, community or fire station event. You can check it out for your own use with advanced notice, or when available, a program representative can be asked to participate. Note that when dismantled, the Ember House fits into a pick-up truck bed. It assembles quickly, but requires two individuals. The Ember House can be set up on grass or non-compacted dirt, using stakes driven into the ground for stability. When using the Ember House indoors, sand bags should be used in lieu of the stakes, but are not provided.

To request the Ember House or for a representative to participate in your event, contact us with our online form, or contact Jamie Roice-Gomes at 775-336-0261 or [email protected].