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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Jackson County residents to learn how to protect their homes from WILDFIRE THREAT!

Wildfire potential is an issue all residents of Florida should be aware of. That’s why the Florida Division of Forestry is presenting Living on the Edge: How to Have a Firewise Community to educate Jackson County area residents and area rescue personnel on how to protect their homes and communities from wildfire.

This FREE informative and interactive “Firewise” safety workshop will be held on Tuesday evening, September 7, 2010, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Jackson County Emergency Management Building located at 2819 Panhandle Rd., Marianna, FL. Valuable wildfire protection information, free materials including video and other media, and refreshments will be provided! Please register by calling or emailing Holly Ness, Jackson County CERT coordinator at training.jacksoncitizencorps@gmail.com or (850) 272-1372.

Workshop topics will include: an update on local wildfire risks, why homes burn, how residents can plan and prepare for wildfire, Firewise construction and landscaping, and conducting wildfire risk assessments. Representatives from the Florida Division of Forestry along with fire experts will be on hand to discuss this important issue and to answer questions. Please join us to learn more about how you can be wildfire wise in your community!

The workshop is sponsored by the Florida Division of Forestry and implemented by Pandion Systems. Thanks to Jackson County CERT for their assistance with the workshop. More information on Firewise Florida can be found at www.fl-dof.com/wildfire/firewise_index.html.

Remember – Only you can prevent Wildfires!

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