The San Diego County Office of Emergency Services, the San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association and Farmers Insurance Group have joined forces in a public/private partnership to launch a regional wildfire prevention and preparedness effort: "Before The Threat 2009."
They plan to deliver 400,000 "Before the Threat" DVDs in a door-to-door campaign throughout the region's high-fire risk areas, according to a press release. The campaign will begin in mid-July.
"During the 2007 fires, we saw that defensible space works," said Ron Lane Director of the County Office of Emergency Services. "The homes that were still standing in the fire perimeter area all had defensible space. The 1,700 homes that burned had a flaw in their defensible space and that's what we are hoping to address with our campaign."
Representatives from 65 fire agencies and Teams of First Responders from 65 fire agencies will be joined by least 3,000 volunteers to distribute the information.
This effort is made possible through a $200,000 grant from the Farmers Insurance Group. Volunteer San Diego helping to organize the massive number of volunteers.