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News and Notes

“How Will We Manage East Bay Wildfire Risk?

From California Native Plant Society: While 2020 is a year most of us would just as soon forget, as long as the climate keeps warming, the risk of large wildfires will continue as part of the “new abnormal.” How we […]

Stanford Symposium Focuses on Wildfire in the West

The State of the West symposium is a gathering at Stanford to take stock of the economic and fiscal health of the Western region. It features academic researchers, business and investment practitioners, and other stakeholders concerned with the well-being of […]

OCP&R’s First Two Years a Success

Our outreach program– Oakland Community Preparedness & Response (OCP&R) just released it’s final report to CalFire, from whom it received $125,000 to launch this successful emergency preparedness education and outreach program. Click here for the report.

How to Survive the Insurance Crisis

If you missed United Policyholder’s recent webinar on keeping your assets insured and how to navigate a difficult insurance market, or would like to review it again, you can watch it here You can download the PowerPoint slides for this March […]

Efforts to increase affordable housing through zoning changes need to consider impact on emergency evacuations

The Oakland Firesafe Council recently sent a letter to our state legislators, as well as county and city elected officials, urging them to exempt zoned areas in the very high fire hazard severity zones from changes in single family zoning […]

NFPA’s Outthink Wildfire™ focuses on new ways of looking at wildfire policy

Check out the recording of the National Fire Protection Association’s new initiative aimed at significantly lowering community wildfire risk by 2050.

OFSC Supports Wildfire Prevention Funding

This week, the Oakland Firesafe Council sent letters to State legislators in support of funding for wildfire prevention–with the recommendation that our state officials ensure that funding includes communities in Local Responsibility Areas (like Oakland) and not just those in […]

State to establish new home hardening standards for insurance

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced a new partnership between the California Department of Insurance and Governor Gavin Newsom’s Administration, including the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), […]

Weigh in on Oakland’s update of its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

The City of Oakland is in the process of updating its 2016-2021 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The LHMP serves as a meaningful guide to increasing the Oakland community’s resilience in the face of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, […]

15 Lessons Learned from the Webinar “Protecting Your City from Wildfire”

February 2-3, 2021 Sue PiperSecretary, United PolicyholdersChair, Oakland Firesafe Council The virtual conference “Protecting your City from Wildfire” offered two days of webinars and Q & A on a wide variety of topics that would interest planners, fire fighters and […]

Add a 5th Alternative to the Draft EIR

The Oakland Firesafe Council, along with more than 20 other neighborhood associations and local residents believes the current draft 10-year Vegetation Management Plan for Oakland and the Draft Environmental Impact Review (EIR) leads to a false sense of security. The […]

The East Bay Needs a Regional Approach to Wildfire Prevention

It is time for a new, more effective, regional approach if the East Bay Hills are to be safe from future wildfires. Using the Joint Powers Authority process to address the wildfire threat posed by inadequate vegetation management in the […]

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