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.
April 2020: Reduce wildfire danger around your home with the help of safe burn piles and chipping programs
October 2019: Chimney fire safety tips
September 2019: What to do after a wildfire evacuation
August 2019: What's a Go-Bag, why you need one, and what needs to be in yours?
July 4 2019: Embers, Sparks and Fireworks...What you can do to improve your home's safety
July 2019: One of your greatest resources in fighting wildland fires - Your Insurance Policy!
June 2019: Ten steps you can take to make your home more defensible
Prepared, Not Scared: FSCSCC Wildfire Preparation Worksheet and Emergency Evacuation Guide
Living with Fire in Santa Cruz County - A guide for homeowners (note: this will be updated by December 2020. In the meantime, see Marin County's Living with Fire Guide here.)
California FireSafe Council Defensible Space Brochure
California 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.