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Resource Library

Below is a list of resources to help you and the greater community of Santa Cruz County be prepared for wildfire.

Fire Safe Santa Cruz County Editorials

The Fire Safe Santa Cruz County Education and Outreach Committee publishes editorials in a variety of news outlets on a monthly basis. See below for past editorial topics.

pdfApril 2020: Reduce wildfire danger around your home with the help of safe burn piles and chipping programs

pdfOctober 2019: Chimney fire safety tips

pdfSeptember 2019: What to do after a wildfire evacuation

pdfAugust 2019: What's a Go-Bag, why you need one, and what needs to be in yours?

pdfJuly 4 2019: Embers, Sparks and Fireworks...What you can do to improve your home's safety

pdfJuly 2019: One of your greatest resources in fighting wildland fires - Your Insurance Policy! 

pdfJune 2019: Ten steps you can take to make your home more defensible

Fire Preparedness

Prepared, Not Scared: FSCSCC Wildfire Preparation Worksheet and Emergency Evacuation Guide

pdfLiving with Fire in Santa Cruz County - A guide for homeowners (2023)

pdfSheltering practices during Australian bushfire

pdfCalifornia FireSafe Council Defensible Space Brochure

pdfCalifornia FireSafe Council Hardened Homes Brochure

Past Outreach Event Recordings

Lessons learned from the Bear Fire

Understanding Homeowners Insurance in High Fire Risk Areas

Becoming a Firewise Community

The National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise USA program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. Click here to learn more about Firewise. Fire Safe Santa Cruz County is working to develop its capacity to assist communities in becoming Firewise. In the meantime, FIRESafe MARIN lists the steps your community can take to become certified. 

County of Santa Cruz Office of Emergency Services

Click here to learn more about emergency preparedness in Santa Cruz County. Be sure to register for CodeRED, reverse 9-1-1 for Santa Cruz County here.