Cal Fire

A mask lays on the ground covered in dirt on the dried out remains of a lake below Tuttletown Campground at New Melones Lake, California..

Historic drought intensifies fire response challenges

California is currently experiencing the worst drought conditions since 2016. While this water shortage is impacting everything from agriculture to drinking water supply, the interactions between drought and wildfire are of particular concern.

Officer checks multiple computer screens during a public safety training exercise.

Beyond silos: The pitfalls of data silos for emergency management

Emergency management strategies have been hindered by silos since long before the recent focus on big data. In order to better contextualize the effects of information silos on public safety efforts, we’ll explore the harms that silos pose to each of the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Someone surveys the remains of their family's home in Santa Rosa, California following the 2017 Tubbs Fire. More than 4,600 homes were destroyed in the fire.

Top 3 steps to fireproof your home from wildfires

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While COVID-19 has taken priority in our news outlets, now is the time to take action and consider your own emergency response. These three tips will help you prepare your home for wildfire season.