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New Project Policy

(Adopted by the SSFSC Board March 1, 2016. 2016 Budget numbers are preliminary estimates; they are subject to revision in annual budgets.)


POLICY

The new projects subcommittee proposes the following projects for 2016 and beyond. The subcommittee, consisting of Ken MacLean, Debra Born, Brian Smartt, Richard Schwind, Mark Haynie and chaired by Eric Isacson met on February 21, 2016.

We concluded that our overall goal is to encourage and facilitate each household to eventually have a Wildfire Plan. The plan would be detailed, explicit and rehearsed annually. Every member of the household would know exactly what to do when a wildfire threatens and would not succumb to freezing in the face of unavoidable disaster.

To achieve this vision we adopted Brian's suggestion of a "marketing funnel" wherein people are introduced to a few topics they may not have thought about before thru some short high-impact vignettes. As these awaken their interest additional and more detailed information would be provided eventually leading to guidance thru preparation and rehearsal of an individually tailored detailed Wildfire Plan for the household.


PROJECT SUMMARIES


WILDFIRE PREPARATION - GO KIT

Preparation of a "go kit" containing insurance papers, valuables, action plans, family meeting locations.  Raised as an important and often overlooked issue during the Napa / Lake County fires of 2015. Project consists of collecting information on this subject from various sources, including those in Fire Safety Links section of this site. Prepare information in a education form for area residents.

2016 Budget: $200 (research, information accumulation, printing)


WILDFIRE PREPARATION - PERSONAL PROPERTY INVENTORY

Preparation of a "personal property inventory" well in advance of an emergency helps to recover from devastating outcomes.  Raised as an important and often overlooked issue during the Napa / Lake County fires of 2015. Project consists of collecting information on this subject from various sources, including those in Fire Safety Links section of this site. Prepare information in a education form for area residents.

2016 Budget: $200 (research, information accumulation, printing)


WILDFIRE PREPARATION - STAY AND DEFEND DECISION MAKING

Understanding the key questions when faced with an imminent emergency -- namely to either stay and defend your home from wildfire or flee and prepare for recovery -- has to be considered by every resident before an emergency.  Raised as an important and often overlooked issue during the Napa / Lake County fires of 2015. Project consists of collecting information on this subject from various sources, including those in Fire Safety Links section of this site. SSFSC, SSA and SSEPO will make no broad-brush recommendations in this area it is for resident information purposes only.  Prepare information in a education form for area residents.

2016 Budget: $200 (research, information accumulation, printing)


WILDFIRE PREPARATION - FIGHT, FLEE, FREEZE, FAINT BEHAVIOR 

Psychology of decision making or lack thereof when facing grim circumstances has been widely studied.  Raised as an important and often overlooked issue during the Napa / Lake County fires of 2015.   Project consists of collecting this information and present it in an educational form for area residents.  Work with SSEPO to coordinate dissemination.

2016 Budget: $200 (research, information accumulation, printing)


DISTRIBUTION

This project would consist of managing the distribution of the information on the topics above in a way that engages residents. Popular electronic media such as short You Tube videos might be used. Besides the above topics there are many existing brochures and other hand-outs available, some available in electronic form. This project would include reviewing the available material and managing its distribution on an appropriate schedule. As well as as Skylines articles and printed inserts, popular electronic media such as Yahoo Groups, Facebook, etc. would be used to enhance attractiveness of the content.

2016 Budget: $2,000 (mostly printing)


WORKSHOP

This project would consist of organizing a half-day workshop or preparedness fair to provide more comprehensive guidance for preparation of a household Wildfire Plan. The format might include lectures, discussions, displays, or demonstrations. Decisions would have to be make about when and where to hold it, whether and how to partner with other FSCs, and whether or not to include a paid professional speaker. SCCFSC has already indicated an interest. Several examples of nearby successful workshops are available.

2016 Budget: $2,500 probably in the Fall or in the Spring of 2017


HOME SURVIVAL EVALUATIONS

This project would consist of promoting and enhancing our existing Home Wildfire Survival Evaluation. It provides residents with valuable unofficial information about what might be done to enhance the survivability of their homes when a wildfire threatens. Unfortunately few people have taken advantage of it, either because of apathy or unfounded fear of being cited for deficiencies. Interest might be stimulated by publicizing examples of benefits and by developing a check list that produces a score showing the survivability of the home on a 1-100 scale.

2016 Budget: $500


RELATIONS WITH GOVERNMENT AND OTHER AGENCIES

This project or projects would consist of establishing relationships with each of our county supervisors and with other agencies with whom we find ourselves working on various projects. One objective might be to keep them informed about what we are doing to facilitate asking for funds when our projects benefit their constituents. A different project manager might be needed for each county.


HIGHWAY 35 VEGETATION REDUCTION, SAN MATEO COUNTY

This project would consist of finishing up the vegetation reduction along Highway 35 in San Mateo County to the Windy Hill area. Much of this was completed in 2015 but extension to the full length and some fill-in is needed. It will require establishing a working relationship with Caltrans and managing implementation of the project. The SSFSC Board would help find funds for the project.

2016 Budget: $7,000 est. (20 crew days)


MAINTENANCE OF PREVIOUS VEGETATION REDUCTION PROJECTS

These projects would consist of managing the maintenance of vegetation reduction projects previously completed by the SSFSC. Each would involve deciding when maintenance is needed, working with State Parks, Cal Fire and/or Caltrans to plan and implement the maintenance, and seeking funding from the agencies, the SSFSC or other sources. Separate project managers might be needed for each or the following projects:

  1. KIngs Creek Truck Trail, Upper - fire break from Skyline to Boulder Creek
  2. KIngs Creek Truck Trail, Lower - fire break from Skyline to Boulder Creek
  3. Highway 35, Black Rd. to Highway 9 - fire break
  4. HIghway 35, Highway 9 to Page Mill Rd  - fire break
  5. Alpine Rd, Skyline to Middleton Tract - fire break
  6. Ward Rd, Old Haul Rd  - fire break from Skyline to Loma Mar

2016 Budget: $5,000


NEW SHADED FUEL BREAK PROJECTS

Propose to SSFSC new shaded fuel break projects in your area.  Project consists of writing grants for SRA fee funds, PGE grants, etc.  Working with CalFIRE and CCC crews to coordinate work.

2016 Budget: $0

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