Collins View Firewise Home is a Work in Progress! Summer 2022

This page is where we will set up 'all things' relating to Firewise, and to serve as a nexus for a Firewise Community of all the residences, parks, institutions, and businesses within about a mile from the intersection of Terwilliger Blvd & Boones Ferry Road. See map. (July 30: Map needs re-drawing!)

Hypothetical Extent of a FireWise Community. More likely, the community will consist of Collins View, Marshall Park, and part of Riverdale.

The is no formal Community yet — There is a pre-meeting and a walkthrough on Aug 3&4, 2022, that will bootstrap the application process -- to the National Firewise organization. Let's all focus on cleaning up our properties, and work toward having our individual Firewise assessments this summer.

Please visit the New Collins View Blog article: Firewise Community Effort June 2022 for lots of good information.

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Take our "What's Wrong in these pictures" Firewise [QUIZ]

Informative door hanger!

We have a 'digital' door hanger here: Door Hanger facsimile. Please share with others!

image of actual Door Hanger

Thanks for your interest!

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What is Firewise? What is a Firewise Community?

Firewise is a national program that shares tips on protecting residential property from wildfire. A number of fire-wise residents can form a community to tackle common goals.

We don't need to duplicate standard Firewise material here. See the Firewise USA! website.

Did we mention this New Collins View blog article? [ Firewise Community Effort June 2022].

See our Draft Discussion of our Firewise Self-Assessment, another W.I.P. [CHECKLIST].

The remainder of the page is text is recycled from the NET page.

JM added URBAN WILDFIRE to the NET page some years ago (2016-18?). NET deals with all kinds of emergencies - quakes, wind, explosions, power outages, whatever.


What's the danger of an Urban Wildfire?

Climatologists reported that 2014 was the hottest year on record. The summers are getting hotter and the vegetation is getting drier each year. Accumulating brush on the hillsides becomes potential fuel for fires. A carelessly thrown cigarette, or a fire in a homeless camp, or a downed power line can all spark fires. Strong winds coming out of the east and northeast could drive a fire up into the west hills very quickly.

How can the community be better prepared?

The Portland Fire Bureau also advises property owners to take steps to protect their homes. Among them are:

For more information about wildfires and preventing and preparing for them go to [DEAD LINK].

What You Can Do: Register for Public Alerts (from NET)

Public Alerts is a Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) program that sends urgent safety messages (stay inside, evacuate, boil water etc.) in the Portland-Vancouver metro area. News and information on major service disruptions (roads, transit, public health, safety, utilities, schools, weather) are sent to landline phones, mobile phones (voice and text) and email. To receive messages you must register at Public Alerts: [LINK]

Wireless Emergency Alerts — Depending upon the nature of an incident, safety information is also provided through Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on most mobile phones, Twitter, Facebook, TV, Radio, and on-line newspapers.

What You Can Do: Prepare! (from NET)

... Emergency Preparedness ...
Be part of the solution, not part of the problem!

Go Kit — If you are forced to evacuate on a minute's notice, do you have a Go Kit packed with necessary medicines, cash, clothes, and important documents that are ready to grab and go? Most Go Kits are described as 72-hour Survival Kits and can be purchased or homemade as do-it-yourself kits. [GO/STAY KIT page]

Prepare Your Pets for Disasters — See this page on [PETS.

Download and print this Pet preparedness flyer [PDF]

Collins View place hub