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Building Is Out of Control, Leading to Wildfires Out of Control

This NPR segment captures the issue perfectly.

It is pretty rare that a media segment captures the guts of an issue perfectly. This one focuses on some primary issues when it comes to wildfires and the destruction of homes. Key points:

  • There are no building codes in many rural areas
  • People have no sense of the danger of wildfires
  • Homeowners think they can call 911 and get help
  • Governments are letting people put themselves and their property in danger
  • Ignorance burns up a lifetime of saving for the future

Here is the NPR story: “Wildfires Are A Growing Risk In Places Where The Danger Used To Be Minimal.”

Once a person “becomes aware,” the only thing left is Firewise, which might help save their property.
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local government levels. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus for his work there is engaging the public and private sectors to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, regionally and cross jurisdictionally.
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