Wildfire Mitigation and Management Resources

ICMA offers resources for responding to wildfires that strain city and county governments.

ARTICLE | May 7, 2019

High winds, hot temperatures and low humidity create the perfect conditions for wildfires. The demands of fighting and containing these fires strain city and county governments. Listed below are some resources that can help you prepare, mitigate, and respond to wildfires in your community:

Surviving a Deadly Wildfire

Santa Rosa, California, Manager Sean McGlynn shares recovery insights.

How to Prepare for a Wildfire

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as part of America’s PrepareAthon, developed this resource on how to prepare for a wildfire. This document provides insights for local government officials, citizens, and business owners. On the last page of the document is a list of other useful resources.

Wildfire Preparedness Checklist

The Texas Forest Service developed this wildfire preparedness checklist. A checklist is an easy way to ensure that your citizens are prepared for disasters.

Leading Edge Research: Leadership Before, During, and After a Crisis

Crises can happen anytime, anywhere. Prepare your community for disaster with this ICMA report which captures the ideas, feelings, and stories of the professional managers who were involved in different crises. By analyzing their leadership skills and techniques, professional managers can adopt promising practices in crisis leadership.

Leading Edge Research: Disaster Recovery Essentials

Important takeaways from managers’ experiences in eight recovery topics. Each includes a set of related questions to help other managers begin to assess and improve their own capacity to lead a community through recovery.

And be sure to check out two popular ICMA bestsellers: Emergency Management: Principles and Practice for Local Government, 2nd Edition and Managing Fire and Emergency Services. These comprehensive textbooks provide state-of-the-practice resources regarding local government emergency management organization, policy, and implementation.

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