Wildfire readiness

Playing without fire

Helping communities find direction and confidence to help themselves before they face the fire

Project overview

Wildfires are sudden, scary, and unpredictable. Large ones may disrupt the daily lives of people across large geographic areas, while drawing the vast majority of response resources to fighting the fire. This leaves most people to fend for themselves.

What’s the goal?

The purpose of the project is to grow CCL’s training program, improve the social resilience of 3-4 local communities, and prepare the way for on-going local training programs.

What are we doing?

We are designing an immersive learning experience to increase social resilience in the face of wildfire threats, and will conduct pilot events in 3-4 local communities.

When will it happen?

The project is projected to take 6-8 months, with pilot events taking place May and June of 2022, and data analysis and evaluation reporting wrapping up by the end of July.

What will we produce?

Tested materials for delivering and evaluating a live learning experience, including train-the-trainer materials.

Project plan

The project comprises (overlapping) five phases:

  1. Define learning objectives and pilot program requirements
  2. Design learning experience and evaluation measures
  3. Develop pilot program logistics and support
  4. Deliver pilot events
  5. Debrief project participants and data

Each phase yields its own deliverables, and involves different collaborative partners:

2021 Wildfire Advent Calendar

We are celebrating the 2021 holiday season with 24 days of giving!

Each day from Dec 1 through Dec 24, we will share a wildfire-related tip, bit of trivia or science. Follow us on LinkedIn, join our holiday mailing list, or check back here daily to join in the fun. Support our Wildfire Project by spreading the knowledge and making a donation.

 

Wildfire tribute

Wildfire tribute

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Please help us to set some fires!

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When in doubt, throw it out!

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Don’t drone near a wildfire

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“My God, it’s so simple!”

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Communication Tools Analyst

Volunteer

Help us find the best communications tool to manage live training events.

Details
START

As soon as possible

DURATION

1-3 months

DESCRIPTION

We need a simple and easy-to-use communication platform that supports fun and engaging interaction between participants during training events. Can you help us research existing tools used in gaming, simulation and/or communication and determine if they can be adapted to meet our needs?

Partner

We’re looking for community partners to give us input on local needs, and work with us to deliver pilot events in their local communities.

Sponsor

Sponsor a single event, invest in a community pilot, or support the project so we can increase social resilience locally, now, and globally, going forward.

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