NFPA's Firewise USA program teaches people how to live with wildfire and increase their home's chance of survival through proactive actions, while encouraging neighbors to work together to reduce losses and damages.
There are many different Firewise activities that can help homes and whole neighborhoods become safer from wildfire without significant expense. Community clean-up days, awareness events, and other cooperative activities can often be successfully accomplished through partnerships among neighbors, local businesses, and local fire departments, at little or no cost. The Firewise Communities/USA recognition program page (www.firewise.org/usa) provides a number of excellent examples of these kinds of projects and programs.
As a nationally recognized FireWise USA community, Walkers Woods POA is eligible for matching grant monies to improve our neighborhood. Our community is required to show that we are investing toward our FireWise grant application. These investment requirements can be met not only in showing money spent to improve the community but also our residential volunteer hours. We know that every year many of our residents work very hard around their homes to reduce their risk from wildfire whether they realize it or not. Replacing old mulch or pine straw with new fire retardant mulch or stone around our homes and landscaping is just one example. Removing dead shrubs is another example. You don't have to do the work yourself. If your landscaper does this type of work for you, simply submit a copy of the paid invoice along with a description of the work you had done. We ask that you download and complete the FireWise Investment Requirement Form and return it to the FireWise Committee Chairman for Walkers Woods POA c/o Waccamaw Management LLC, 4102 Carolina Commercial Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29579. This will help us capture all of our communitys' efforts which will translate to matching funding. All hours and expenses are applied to our annual FireWise Community Improvement Grant.
You will also find other PDFs here regarding fire safety within our homes and our community. Thank you for all you do to keep Walkers Woods a safe place to live.