Emergency Preparedness

THREE EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR WILDFIRE SAFETY

    1. Register with WarnCentralTexas.org to receive warnings by phone, text or email.
    2. Download the Ready, Set, Go! manual: English / Spanish. Learn how to harden your property against wildfire and evacuate or shelter in place if necessary.
    3. Call 311 to request a Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) evaluation by a wildfire expert.

To explore information on wildfire risk, prevention, and mitigation, visit the Austin Fire Department (AFD) website, paying special attention to the Wildfire Hub link. There, under “What Is my Wildfire Risk?” you can type in your home address and see our community’s risk map.  AFD follows the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) approach for reducing wildfire risk. The goal is to help residents understand and follow the FAC principles to harden their own homes and create a defensible space against the wildfire threat.

AFD also educates communities on the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise USA® program, which teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action to prevent losses. The Barton Hills Neighborhood Association voted unanimously at our July 25, 2023 meeting to commit to addressing wildfire mitigation by joining the Firewise USA® program and supporting the development of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) for the neighborhood, in conjunction with AFD.

As the first step in that program, AFD has conducted a Community Risk Assessment of the Barton Hills neighborhood.  Based on that Risk Assessment, the BHNA Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Community Resilience will work with AFD to develop an Action Plan for addressing the risks on both public and private property. More details on the Action Plan will be coming soon.

For additional information, contact BHNA Emergency Preparedness Committee chair Craig Smith


Helpful Information for Emergency Preparedness

 

Austin Fire Department contact: Lt. Christopher Dibrell, (512) 917-8806

BHNA Emergency Preparedness Committee chair: Craig Smith

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