SACRAMENTO – California Fire Safe Council announced the award of $500,000 from Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison. The grant is in addition to an earlier 2018 Edison International $250,000 grant that provided small grants for community fire prevention and preparedness projects to 12 fire safe community organizations throughout SCE’s service area.
“In addition to our Edison Wildfire Assistance Fund efforts to start and strengthen Fire Safe Councils, this generous and timely donation will enable CFSC to provide eight more Edison International Fire-Safe Community Grants, bringing the total to 20 grants to Southern California communities in SCE’s service area. These grants will help these communities prepare for catastrophic wildfire while exemplifying efforts to create fire safe communities,” California Fire Safe Council executive director Tracy Katelman said.
The Edison International Wildfire Assistance Fund grant will also facilitate starting seven new Fire Safe Councils in communities throughout SCE’s service area, including at least one in a Spanish-speaking community; production and distribution of CFSC’s new hardened homes and defensible space brochures in at least five languages; facilitating messaging statewide for CFSC and promoting the voices of local FSCs and creating a handbook for “How to Start a Fire Safe Council.”
“The threat of catastrophic wildfires is a reality for all Californians and helping our communities prepare is vitally important,” Caroline Choi, Edison International and Southern California Edison senior vice president of corporate affairs, said. “At Edison, we continue our work to mitigate the risk of wildfire through operations and community involvement. Education is the key, and the partnership with the California Fire Safe Council will help keep our underserved communities more resilient.”
“We are excited to launch this new corporate funding model and hope to replicate it with other California-based companies,” Amber Gardner, CFSC clearinghouse manager, said.
The following eight grants were recently awarded, totaling $140,794.
Fire Safe Council of East Orange County Canyons received $4,200 to host chipper days.
Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District received $14,000 to complete their All Hazards Interactive risk assessment score.
Foothill Ranch Maintenance Corporation received $25,000 for Foothill Ranch hazardous fuel modifications.
Trailseekers of Moreno Valley received $23,258 for the Trailseekers Equine Emergency Evacuation Center.
Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness received $20,000 for emergency communications hardening.
Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council received $20,000 for the Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council capacity building grant.
Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council received $23,500 for wildfire prevention outreach.
La Habra Heights Fire Watch Inc. received $7,336 for the La Habra Heights Fire Watch.
The California Fire Safe Council has been mobilizing Californians to protect their homes, communities and environments from wildfires for over 25 years. Along with 15 years of grant-making, the council has a deep history of providing capacity building and technical assistance for local Fire Safe Councils and in facilitating cross-sectoral investments in wildfire resilience. Visit www.californiafiresafecouncil.org.
Submitted by California Fire Safe Council.