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Public invited to Wildfire Preparedness Community Meeting July 7

By Christina Favuzzi
May 06, 2022 at 10:35 PM

MONTECITO, CA – The Montecito Fire Department will host a community meeting regarding wildfire preparedness July 7, 2022 at 6 p.m. in Page Hall on the Westmont College campus.

The community is encouraged to attend this meeting to review the Ready! Set! Go! guide and discuss how to implement your wildfire action plan. Montecito Fire’s Wildland Specialists will discuss the preparedness actions residents can take to harden their home such as creating defensible space, using fire-resilient landscaping and choosing ember-resistant building materials.

Additionally, we will present the findings from our evacuation study, which is currently in progress. Our evacuation study is Montecito Fire’s first scientific evaluation of our community’s complex evacuation challenges. The tragic Camp Fire in Paradise, CA, as well as other devastating post-fire analyses, prompted us to review our existing evacuation plans and seek opportunities to improve our systems for the safety of our community.

From the outset of our study in May 2021, our goal has been to identify any deficiencies in our current community evacuation plan and discover ways to streamline our evacuation plan for increased public safety.

If the study’s findings indicate a need for substantial changes to our evacuation plan, we will share that information at the Wildfire Preparedness Community Meeting, as well as through multifaceted outreach methods to all community members. It is a critical priority that every member of our community understands how to act quickly, safely and appropriately in the event of an emergency requiring evacuation.  

Please join us for the

Wildfire Preparedness Community Meeting

Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Westmont College – Page Hall, Multipurpose Room

For questions, please contact Christina Favuzzi, Public Information Officer at [email protected] or 805-680-5526.

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