MENDOCINO COUNTY FIRE SAFE COUNCIL

Ukiah, CA   |  www.firesafemendocino.org

Mission

To inform, empower and mobilize county residents to survive and thrive in a wildfire-prone environment.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Scott Cratty

Main address

510 Jones St, Suite C-3

Ukiah, CA 95482 USA

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EIN

83-0395685

NTEE code info

Fire Prevention / Protection / Control (M24)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Community Coalitions (S21)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mendocino County, CA is an area of very high wildfire risk. We work to educate and prepare county residents with the best approaches to home hardening, neighborhood organizing, evacuation, etc., for the safest possible outcome in a wildfire event.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fire Fuels Reduction

The largest single component of MCFSC’s operation was providing project management services for grant projects to reduce fuel loads in Mendocino County. In the fiscal year the MCFSC completed road clearing work in the Hopland and McNab Road areas funded by a grant from PG&E. In the spring and early summer of 2020 the MCFSC also completed substantial preliminary work (such as holding community educational forums, obtaining land owner access permissions, and preparing and filing environmental compliance documentation) for two larger projects. First, the Mendocino County Fire Preparedness Program will ultimately provide over 10 miles of road clearing and many community chipping service days in the Brooktrails and Williams Ranch Road areas. The Brooktrails competent of that project was more than 50% complete in the fiscal year. Second, the Ukiah Valley Fire Fuels Reduction project, the first component of which is 17 miles of roadside clearing work on key ingress/egress routes in and around the Ukiah Valley. That work was over 75% completed by the end of the fiscal year.
MCFSC also purchased its own wood chipper, which will increase our ability to deliver community chipping services and reduce those costs in future years.

Population(s) Served
Age groups

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is "T􏰣􏰢o inform, empower and mobilize county residents to survive and thrive in a wildfire-prone environment." Wildfires are an integral part of the California ecosystem, and our main goal is to prepare people residing in vulnerable areas to:

• better understand wildfire risks and behaviors
• protect their homes from ignition in a wildfire event
• have a safe and pre-planned evacuation if needed
• organize with neighbors to accomplish all of the above, and more.

Our strategies to accomplish our goals include:

• education of the general public through media interviews, press articles, blogs, social media posts, website videos, publications, and events
• road-clearing, fuel-break and hazard-tree removal projects for safer egress for evacuating residents and safe and successful ingress for first responders
• chipper days in which residents clear defensible space around their homes and have their cleared brush chipped, free of cost
• advocating with local government to support hazard mitigation and other ordinances and initiatives
• encouraging and supporting Neighborhood Fire Safe Councils by educating about their effectiveness, holding leadership meetings, offering information, fiscal sponsorship, access to chippers, discounts on emergency alert services, etc.

The Mendocino County Fire Safe Council receives strong support from state and local governments and organizations, fire professionals, and the general public. We receive significant financial support from all levels of government as well as local sources including a growing membership of individual supporters. One year ago, an energetic new Executive Director was hired who has broad-based community-organizing, business and nonprofit experience, and he has been reinvigorating what was for years a nearly inactive organization. We enjoy a great deal of community appreciation and recognition of the importance of this work throughout the county, and expect it to continue and expand in coming years.

In Fiscal Year 2019-20, we accomplished the following and intend to continue similar efforts in the future:
• organizational stability and vigor have been reestablished: prior tax returns and nonprofit documents have been completed, compliant accounting procedures set in place, bylaws revised, and new policies and protocols adopted;
• the website received a major overhaul, with ongoing new material being added regularly;
• educational literature was updated and reprinted, including being translated into Spanish;
• a bilingual Home-Hardening Video Series was produced and posted to our website;
• new staff has been hired, and many road-clearing, fuel-break, hazard-tree and other on-the-ground projects are complete or ongoing;
• a Community Chipper Program was established, including a component for low-income assistance, which has presented dozens of chipper days throughout the county;
• hundreds of reflective address signs have been distributed;
• a membership program, including a benefits package and outreach, have been reestablished;
• regular meetings have been held of both the Technical Advisory Group and Neighborhood Fire Safe Council leadership; and
• both membership and Neighborhood Fire Safe Council organizing have expanded significantly this year.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MENDOCINO COUNTY FIRE SAFE COUNCIL

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joe Zicherman

Amanda Reiman

Charlie Kelly

Lisa Bauer

Joe Zicherman

nancy Armstrong-Frost

Mark Hilliker

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/1/2020,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/01/2020

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.