Oakland Firesafe Council

Oakland Firesafe Council A grassroots community-based organization dedicated to mobilizing the people of Oakland to reduce the risks of wildfire danger. We are residents of the Oakland Hills, survivors of the 1991 Tunnel Fire, open space/park stewards and others working to reduce the risks of wildfire in the Oakland hills.

The Oakland Firesafe Council is an affiliate of the Diablo Firesafe Council, serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

CEA - Stakeholder Listening Sessions
11/05/2021
CEA - Stakeholder Listening Sessions

CEA - Stakeholder Listening Sessions

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) invites you to participate in two webinars designed to hear ideas and collect feedback on several proposals that could affect the scope of earthquake insurance options that we offer in future.

Photos from Oakland Fire Department's post
10/21/2021

Photos from Oakland Fire Department's post

OCP&R at OPL @oaklibrary _ "Bring Your Own Brigade", a heart-wrenching documentary  #wildfirepreparedness _ ECA Bay Area...
08/20/2021
Community Outreach Update _ "Bring Your Own Brigade" DOCU _ ECA Quake Webinar _ Become a DSW-V

OCP&R at OPL @oaklibrary _ "Bring Your Own Brigade", a heart-wrenching documentary #wildfirepreparedness _ ECA Bay Area Quake Webinar #earthquakepreparedness _ Oakland EMSD looking for Disaster Service Worker Volunteers #readyoakland

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #64 View in browser OUT AND ABOUT OCP&R in the Community: Recent Outreach Efforts This month we've been out and about in an effort to further raise awareness around t

Update from Oakland Emergency Services Department on the evolution of the CORE program #readyoakland #CERT _  EBMUD Webi...
08/14/2021
CORE/CERT Update _ EBMUD Webinar "The Other F-Word" _ Wildfire Gardening Webinar

Update from Oakland Emergency Services Department on the evolution of the CORE program #readyoakland #CERT _ EBMUD Webinar "The Other F-Word" _ Wildfire Gardening Webinar from Bay Area News Group #firescaping #wildfirepreparedness

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #63 View in browser THE EVOLUTION OF CORE An Update from your Oakland Emergency Management Team CORE has evolved. The Communities of Oakland Respond to Emergencies p

Protecting Yourself From Wildfire Smoke _ Disaster Mental Health Guide from @ListosCalifornia  _  Oakland Wildfire Guide...
08/06/2021
Smoke Ready CA _ First Aid Kit for Your Mind _ Oaklandside Wildfire Guide

Protecting Yourself From Wildfire Smoke _ Disaster Mental Health Guide from @ListosCalifornia _ Oakland Wildfire Guide from @theoaklandside #SmokeReadyCA #readyoakland #wildfirepreparedness

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #62 View in browser PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM WILDFIRE SMOKE California is facing increasingly catastrophic wildfire seasons. Wildfire smoke – a complex mixture of air

Time to PARTY with your neighbors: NNO is Tuesday.  Try this neighborhood party game: Hidden Hydrant Hunt.  Read about E...
07/29/2021
NNO is Tuesday _ Hydrant Hunt _ Wildfire JPA in Oaklandside

Time to PARTY with your neighbors: NNO is Tuesday. Try this neighborhood party game: Hidden Hydrant Hunt. Read about East Bay Wildfire JPA in Oaklandside. #readyoakland #wildfirepreparedness

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #61 View in browser TIME TO PARTY WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS! TUESDAY, AUGUST 3RD, 6:00 - 8:00pm National Night Out (NNO) is a time for neighbors to get together to build ne

Watch a firescaping webinar given by Marilyn Saarni, UC Master Gardener volunteer. Learn about the East Bay Wildfire Joi...
07/20/2021
Firescaping Webinar_ the Missing Link _ Handouts for NNO Block Parties

Watch a firescaping webinar given by Marilyn Saarni, UC Master Gardener volunteer. Learn about the East Bay Wildfire Joint Powers Agency. This year's National Night Out theme is emergency preparedness. #readyoakland #wildfirepreparedness

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #59 View in browser A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF FIRESCAPING A Webinar Presented by Oakland Firesafe Council Given by Marilyn Saarni, UC Master Gardener volunteer from Contra

OFSC Chair and United Policyholders' Secretary Sue Piper will share her lessons learned as a survivor of the 1991 Oaklan...
07/19/2021

OFSC Chair and United Policyholders' Secretary Sue Piper will share her lessons learned as a survivor of the 1991 Oakland/Berkeley Hills Firestorm.

"Healing and Dealing" with your wildfire anniversary. May be easier said than done. Join our next Survivor to Survivor forum to connect with current wildfire survivors and hear from those who have been there share what helped. There is no one path to your new normal. Join us on Tuesday July 20th at 7pm PT. Register at: www.uphelp.org/july20

newsletter:  Emergency preparedness is this year's NNO theme. Plan your Block Party today!  #nationalnightout  Find out ...
07/08/2021
NNO Block Parties _ East Bay Wildfire JPA _ ECA Webinar

newsletter: Emergency preparedness is this year's NNO theme. Plan your Block Party today! #nationalnightout Find out why we need a Wildfire Joint Powers Agency (JPA) for the East Bay Hills #wildfirepreparedness #readyoakland #emergencypreparedness

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #58 View in browser NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2021 Time to Organize Your Block Party! Tuesday, August 3, 2021 | 6:00 - 8:00pm National Night Out (NNO) is a time for neighbor

07/03/2021

Have a safe July 4th

A picture's worth a thousand reminders:  communities are encouraged to monitor their neighborhoods for fire.  And not on...
07/03/2021
City of Oakland July 4th Fire Safety Plans _ Pet ID Reminder _ Time for a Check-Up

A picture's worth a thousand reminders: communities are encouraged to monitor their neighborhoods for fire. And not only in the Hills/foothills - a fire can start and spread ANYWHERE #readyoakland #wildfirepreparedness #knowyourzone

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #57 View in browser Oakland Fire Department Highlights Strategies to Keep Residents Safe & Prevent Fire Incidents "The Oakland Fire Department, in partnership with ot

Read about: July 4th Wildfire Patrol with ORCA & GENOAK.  Friends of the Oakland Public Library incentive giveaway for T...
06/25/2021
July 4th Wildfire Patrol _ Teen CERT Giveaway _ Know Your Zone _ HayWired Webinar

Read about: July 4th Wildfire Patrol with ORCA & GENOAK. Friends of the Oakland Public Library incentive giveaway for Teen CERT. Our new guide explaining Zonehaven. HayWired Connection webinar. #readyoakland #wildfirepreparedness #earthquakepreparedness

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #56 View in browser JULY 4TH WILDFIRE PATROLS Every July 4th, the Oakland Radio Communication Association (ORCA - Amateur/Ham radio) performs mobile wildfire patrols

06/22/2021

Please pay attention when parking your vehicle.
Emergency vehicles can face major difficulty when responding on narrow, winding streets in areas where cars are parked on a very narrow street, on both sides of the street, or blocking fire hydrants. This is not only a crisis during a wildfire. This can affect safety every day. Be aware that fire trucks need a minimum of 11 feet of roadway to pass through to access a fire or medical emergency. #wildfirepreparedness #evacuation #emergencyresponse #redflagwarning #fireweatherwatch

Bach Talk - Oregon enacts pro-policyholder wildfire claim reforms - United Policyholders
06/18/2021
Bach Talk - Oregon enacts pro-policyholder wildfire claim reforms - United Policyholders

Bach Talk - Oregon enacts pro-policyholder wildfire claim reforms - United Policyholders

We’re proud to report that UP recently helped enact H.B. 3272, a new Oregon law that will improve the flow of insurance funds for replacing wildfire-destroyed homes and property. UP has long advocated that on total loss claims where the homeowner did nothing to cause…

June is Pet Preparedness Month . Learn about becoming a Firewise USA community. Prepping for Poor Air Quality. @firewise...
06/14/2021
Pet Preparedness Month _ Firewise USA _ Prepping for Poor Air Quality

June is Pet Preparedness Month . Learn about becoming a Firewise USA community. Prepping for Poor Air Quality. @firewise#readyoakland #NationalPetPreparednessMonth #wildfirepreparedness #earthquakepreparedness #firewise

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #54 View in browser JUNE IS PET PREPAREDNESS MONTH Pets Can't Prepare for a Disaster, But You Can Here's a general outline to help get you started: MAKE A PLAN If you

Disaster Insurance Town Hall TOMORROW (Thursday)- Registration Link in Newsletter_ Listos California Disaster Resources ...
05/26/2021
This Thursday: Insurance Town Hall _ Listos California

Disaster Insurance Town Hall TOMORROW (Thursday)- Registration Link in Newsletter_ Listos California Disaster Resources for Vulnerable Populations #readyoakland #californiaforall

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #52 View in browser PRIME YOURSELF FOR THURSDAY'S TOWN HALL BY REVIEWING OUR GUIDE HOME INVENTORY & HOME INSURANCE CHECK-UP Having the right amount and type of insura

05/19/2021

Congratulations to our very own Sue Piper on receiving a very well-deserved Jefferson Award. This award is given to an individual who has devoted their life to exceptional public service in any arena. Sue received the award for her work on wildfire prevention and emergency preparedness as one of the founders of the Oakland Firesafe Council and a longstanding Board member and volunteer with United Policyholders.

"Red Flag Warning versus Fire Weather Watch" video. Prepare your questions for our Disaster Insurance Town Hall coming n...
05/18/2021
RFWs Explained _ Insurance Town Hall Next Week _ Listos California

"Red Flag Warning versus Fire Weather Watch" video. Prepare your questions for our Disaster Insurance Town Hall coming next week. @ListosCA disaster preparedness resources for vulnerable populations. #readyoakland #wildfirepreparedness #californiaforall

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #51 View in browser RED FLAG WARNING What is it and What Should I Do? Did you know? Red Flag Warning versus Fire Weather Watch Red Flag Warnings (RFWs) are issued by

‘A rock for his family’ - The Press Democrat
05/12/2021
‘A rock for his family’ - The Press Democrat

‘A rock for his family’ - The Press Democrat

Michael Mirante is a husband and father with a passion for music, baseball, barbecue competitions and home-brewed beer. For the last two weeks, however, the 49-year-old mortgage marketer has been on a ventilator in a hospital bed in Sacramento.

We recommend watching this excellent webinar from FIRESafe Marin _ Details about our upcoming virtual town hall on Disas...
05/12/2021
Fire-Smart Landscaping Webinar _ Wildfire In The News _ Insurance Town Hall

We recommend watching this excellent webinar from FIRESafe Marin _ Details about our upcoming virtual town hall on Disaster Insurance #readyoakland #wildfirepreparedness #earthquakepreparedness

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #50 View in browser EXCELLENT WEBINAR BY FIRESafe MARIN FIRE-SMART LANDSCAPING: Maintaining a Healthy Landscape in the Face of Drought & Water Restrictions "Learn how

Here's the recording of our Earthquake Town Hall. Also included is an abundance of useful links that our guest speakers ...
05/07/2021
Earthquake Town Hall Recording _ Wildfire Preparedness Week

Here's the recording of our Earthquake Town Hall. Also included is an abundance of useful links that our guest speakers referenced related to #earthquakepreparedness. #readyoakland #wildfirepreparednessweek

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #49 View in browser SAVVY #4 RECORDING Our Virtual Town Hall on Earthquake Preparedness Our guest experts shared the following useful links related to earthquake prep

Last night's small earthquake is a reminder that "It's Not a Matter of If, But When".  Join us tomorrow (Thursday) for o...
04/28/2021
Earthquake Last Night _ Tomorrow's Savvy Town Hall _ Saturday's Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Last night's small earthquake is a reminder that "It's Not a Matter of If, But When". Join us tomorrow (Thursday) for our Earthquake Preparedness Virtual Town Hall webinar. Registration link in newsletter. #readyoakland #earthquakepreparedness

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #48 View in browser JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT Last Night's Small Earthquake Was Centered Just North of Piedmont - Are You Prepared for a Much Larger One? Join us tomorrow f

Inside:  Listos California short introduction video_  See the guest speaker who has just been added to our Savvy Town Ha...
04/14/2021
Listos CA _ Guest Speaker Added to Savvy Town Hall #4 _ Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Inside: Listos California short introduction video_ See the guest speaker who has just been added to our Savvy Town Hall #4 _ Get ready for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 1st. #readyoakland #earthquakepreparedness #californiaforall

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #46 View in browser MULTI-LANGUAGE RESOURCES for Disaster Preparedness from Listos California "No matter where we live, how old or young we are, or what language we s

Recording of and slides from our virtual town hall about #defensiblespace. View guest Travis Hansen's presentation on ve...
04/02/2021
Recording & Slides from our Town Hall #3_ upcoming SAVVY #4

Recording of and slides from our virtual town hall about #defensiblespace. View guest Travis Hansen's presentation on vegetation management and Oakland's wildfire safety district inspections. #readyoakland #wildfirepreparedness #homehardeningforwildfire

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #45 View in browser "SAVVY" #3 RECORDING Our Virtual Town Hall "All About Defensible Space" Travis Hansen's Presentation Below are a couple slides from his talk on ve

TODAY: Listen live at 12 Noon to Oakland Citywide Em Comm Drill. Link in newsletter. TOMORROW:  join us for a virtual to...
03/24/2021
GENOAK today _ SAVVY tomorrow

TODAY: Listen live at 12 Noon to Oakland Citywide Em Comm Drill. Link in newsletter. TOMORROW: join us for a virtual town hall "All About Defensible Space" #readyoakland #oaklandCERT #wildfirepreparedness #defensiblespace #homehardeningforwildfire

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #44 View in browser NOON TODAY: PARTICIPATE OR LISTEN IN LIVE Oakland 2021 Annual Citywide Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Response Drill Oakland's CORE Program, Oa

Read about upcoming @UPHELP webinar on keeping assets insured when options are limited & premiums are climbing. Prepare ...
03/19/2021
Insurance Webinar _ Primer Video for "Savvy "Series: Session #3 (Happening Next Week)

Read about upcoming @UPHELP webinar on keeping assets insured when options are limited & premiums are climbing. Prepare for our Town Hall Session "All About Defensible Space" by watching a video "Primer on Compliance With Oakland's Annual Fire Inspection"

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #43 View in browser NEXT THURSDAY: "SAVVY" SESSION #3 GET A HEAD START BY WATCHING THIS "ALL ABOUT DEFENSIBLE SPACE" We'll be showing the above Primer on Compliance

Change Clocks, Check Smoke Alarms:  but take note that today's smoke alarms are not all designed the same.  Info from NF...
03/12/2021
Time For a Change _ Wildfire Smoke Study _ "Savvy "Series: Session #3 _ Oakland EMSD Town Halls

Change Clocks, Check Smoke Alarms: but take note that today's smoke alarms are not all designed the same. Info from NFPA (@firewise) will help you understand the differences between them & what their specific requirements are #readyoakland #springforward

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #42 View in browser SPRING FORWARD 3/14: DEFINITELY CHECK & MAYBE CHANGE... Today’s Smoke Alarms Are Not All Designed The Same Changing your clocks is also a good tim

Attend an Oakland Town Hall about #emergencypreparedness for ALL communities. Read what's coming next in our "Savvy "Ser...
03/05/2021
Oakland EMSD Town Hall _ Our "Savvy "Series: Session #3 and Recording of Session #2

Attend an Oakland Town Hall about #emergencypreparedness for ALL communities. Read what's coming next in our "Savvy "Series: Session #3 and links to the recording of Session #2. #readyoakland #OaklandCERT #wildfirepreparedness #earthquakepreparedness

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #41 View in browser CAN YOU HELP SPREAD THE WORD? Help The City of Oakland Reach Out to ALL of Its Communities Disaster preparedness is relevant to EVERYONE who live

03/04/2021
oaklandfiresafecouncil.org

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 as a way to increase housing.

Elected officials at all levels need to recognize that increasing density in an area that is already at high risk for wildfire creates a serious legal and financial liability for cities, counties and the state, should a wildfire occur. Yes, there is a need for more affordable housing, but placing more people in areas that we already know are at high risk for wildfires is not a judicious—nor safe-move.

Therefore, we respectfully request that the bill include wording to exclude neighborhoods located in very high fire risk severity as designated by CalFire. Perhaps inserting the exclusion now written into SB 10:
• Shall not apply to parcels located within a very high fire hazard
severity zone, as determined by the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection pursuant to Section 51178, or within a high or very high fire hazard severity zone as indicated on maps adopted by the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection pursuant to Section 4202 of the Public Resources Code.
• Any modifications of single-family homes to multiple units, whether in the very high fire risk severity zone or not, would require review by the local Fire Marshal.

We work very hard to keep our residents engaged in creating defensible space, hardening their homes, and preparing for evacuations and we appreciate your consideration of our challenges.

For the full letter, click here "https://oaklandfiresafecouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/OFSC-Letter-re-SB9-.pdf

Oakland needs YOUR input: take the Risk Reduction Survey.  Sneak peak of Session #2 : "Remember the Ember" of our Virtua...
02/17/2021
Oakland Needs Your Input _ Sneak Peak of Session #2 of Our Virtual Town Hall Series

Oakland needs YOUR input: take the Risk Reduction Survey. Sneak peak of Session #2 : "Remember the Ember" of our Virtual Town Hall Series. #readyoakland #wildfirepreparedness #homehardeningforwildfire #earthquakepreparedness

Newsletter OFSC/OCP&R Publication #39 View in browser TAKE THE RISK REDUCTION SURVEY Help Oakland Become More Resilient to Natural Hazards YOUR INPUT IS VALUABLE & NEEDED The City of Oakland is in the

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❤️ APEN members put together 120 wildfire and COVID safety kits to share with our Chinatown community. We'll be distributing supplies: 🎈 TONIGHT from 5-8pm at Lincoln Summer Nights at Lincoln Park in Chinatown. 📚 Saturday 11:30am-1pm at Pacific Renaissance Plaza with Oakland Public Library - Asian Branch and Oakland Firesafe Council.
TONIGHT (Thursday, 2/25, 5:30-7:00pm PST) learn & ask questions about practical steps to protect your home against EMBERS - did you know they can travel long distance on the wind? This is why #wildfirepreparedness is not just "for the hills". If you haven't already, please RSVP https://tinyurl.com/y2b8v5ud Prime yourself for tonight's presentation by watching this 30-second video https://vimeo.com/79340385 which demonstrates how insidious flying embers - sometimes even as small as a fingernail - can be to the safety of your home. Guest speaker Sheryl Drinkwater will be playing a longer version of this impactful video (with audio) and explaining why it's so important to have a "Remember the Ember" mindset. Oakland Fire Department Oakland Firesafe Council Councilmember Sheng Thao, District 4 #readyoakland #defensiblespace
Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) Bay Area VIRTUAL WORKSHOP February 17, 2021, 10AM – 11:30AM PST PRESENTERS —Cynthia Pridmore (California Geological Survey) Overview of how the 1971 San Fernando earthquake led to improved mapping and awareness of earthquake hazards, new building codes and land use policies —Sarah Minson (USGS) “Shaking is almost always a surprise: The earthquakes that produce significant ground motion” —Todd Becker (CalOES) Tsunami Preparedness Week —Josh Fryday (California Volunteers) Updates from California Volunteers REGISTER https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://usc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYld-igqDItH9W3n8ftSCpAOvfoc5MWIQCw__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!9af36hkoqvV0NnHubZdAV7novFIUukVP4Bh8pWnPHkMhcKFah66p9I1Isbb1bLs$ Earthquake Country Alliance Oakland Firesafe Council U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) California Governor's Office of Emergency Services #earthquakepreparedness #emergencypreparedness #earthquakeprep #EmergencyPrep #TsunamiPrep Questions, please email [email protected]
Today's Montclarion featured an article about the Oakland Firesafe Council and OCP&R. The bottom line is to use your Covid-19 induced time at home to tackle wildfire prevention projects. #disasterpreparedness #defensiblespace #homehardening #wildfirepreparedness