Next Firewise workshop is Sept. 16 |

Next Firewise workshop is Sept. 16

Schelly Olson
Fully Involved

Registration for the next Firewise Virtual Workshop: Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life is now open. This no-charge session is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. The topic complements September’s National Preparedness Month campaign: Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare (

The featured presenter is author and researcher Linda Masterson. Her book Surviving Wildfire – Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life is a comprehensive guide that will motivate residents to become better prepared. It also provides professionals with information they can use in their outreach and education efforts.

Masterson wrote the book after losing her home to a 2011 Colorado wildfire. Her compelling story details the journey that she and her husband navigated during the evacuation, recovery and rebuilding phases. She shares the importance of both mitigation and preparedness actions in a testimonial tone.

The first 100 registrants for this session will receive a complimentary copy of the Surviving Wildfire Pocket Guide, a companion to Masterson’s Surviving Wildfire: Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life (A Handbook for Homeowners). Participation in the live workshop is limited and preregistration is required.

To register, or access the recorded workshop following the live session, visit

For more information, visit

Schelly Olson is the assistant chief of administration and public education at Grand Fire Protection District No. 1 and the executive director of the Grand County Wildfire Council. She can be reached at (970) 887-3380 and

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