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Community coordinators + organizers

Nongovernmental organizations, local leaders, city planners, and elected officials are constantly weighing what programs, projects, regulations, and resources will help our communities withstand wildfire and keep the homeowners’ ability to choose at the center of their decisions.


Your role is essential in working in the “inbetween” – you work to bring resources, training, and organization to residents and local, state, and federal partners.  You are connected across scales, geographies, and people.  You have a high level of community trust, and are the go to for getting things done.  Here are a few resources for you.  


Use this County Leadership Guide to plan and recover from wildfires.

(National Association of Counties)

Request Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire to reduce risks through improved land use planning.

(Headwaters Economics)

Use this Handbook to collaborate with local partners to create a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). 

Partner with state, tribal, and local governments to develop long-term strategies to protect people and property through hazard mitigation planning. (FEMA)


If you are working with residents to prepare for or recovery from wildfire – we have developed facilitation toolkits in English and Spanish to help you get started. 

You can use the toolkits as part of your outreach and education efforts, to work with communities to plan for wildfire, to share resources, or generate discussions around specific topics.  

The toolkits are a collection of editable resources.  Each toolkit contains a 3-part video series, presentation template with facilitator’s notes and talking points, and sample meeting/workshop agenda, including links to additional resources.  

Remember, there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to preparedness, response, and recovery – and so the toolkits do not include a comprehensive set of actions to prepare your community for wildfire but will help to start the community on your journey to better live with wildfire.

When utilizing these toolkits, we encourage you to collaborate with local partners to facilitate community conversations and adopt a set of actions unique to your community.

Please feel free to download, use, and adapt the resources to fit your needs.

Before the Fire

During the Fire

After the Fire:  Community recovery is led by local leaders and done at the local level!

Develop a Community Organization Active in Disaster (COAD) before a disaster strikes so that you are ready to provide assistance to disaster victims.

This Resident Recovery Workbook can be used to facilitate pre-planning for recovery workshops with residents.

This After the Fire Resources Guide provides an overview of the After the Fire Resources and how they can be used as stand-alone resources or as teaching and planning tools.


from the field:

Community Coordinators + Organizers