After a succesful year of wildfire hazard reduction projects, Sleepy Hollow's accreditation with the NFPA's Firewise USA program was renewed for 2017. Our wildfire fuel reduction projects include Marin's largest and most successful chipper program, projects with large landowners, and community education events like our first annual Evacuation Drill and Safety Fair in August.
Sleepy Hollow was first accredited as a Firewise Community for 2016, in recognition of specific activities and projects related to hazardous vegetation removal, community events and training, and long term planning and preparedness goals that will dramatically reduce the risk of wildfire for all residents and visitors to Sleepy Hollow. Firewise Communities may receive specific benefits, such as discounts on homeowners insurance for residents, and access to grant funding opportunities for future hazard reduction projects.
Since 2002, The Firewise USA Recognition Program of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has empowered neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk. Sleepy Hollow is one of more than 1400 recognized Firewise Communities in the US, taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.
Using a five-step process, communities develop an action plan that guides their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live. Neighborhoods throughout the United States are embracing the benefits of becoming a recognized Firewise Community!
Scientific research has shown the effectiveness and benefits of implementing wildfire mitigation concepts across individual property boundaries and throughout communities.