Firewise Community

Travisso has been a Firewise community since 2020. This designation requires a committee of residents working along with the community management team, community stakeholders, state and local emergency management to create an action plan, evacuation plan, meets a set of voluntary criteria on an annual basis, and retains an “In Good Standing Status” may identify itself as being a Firewise® Site. Travisso is in good standing for 2023.

Firewise Community Information

What is the Firewise Program?
The national Firewise USA® recognition program provides a collaborative framework to help neighbors in a geographic area get organized, find direction, and take action to increase the ignition resistance of their homes and community and to reduce wildfire risks at the local level.  Any community that meets a set of voluntary criteria on an annual basis and retains an “In Good Standing Status” may identify itself as being a Firewise® Site. Travisso is in good standing for 2023.
The Firewise USA® program is administered by NFPA® and is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.  While the NFPA® administers this program, individuals and communities participate on a voluntary basis.
Our yearly Firewise renewal requires a site investment of $44,985, or 1 hour per home valued at $29.99. Residents can see time investment examples using the link below, and keep track of their volunteer hours using the worksheet linked below that. Please send the completed worksheets to Adrian Hernandez.
Firewise Time Investment Examples
Firewise Volunteer Hours Worksheet

Firewise Program Benefits for the Community

Get a framework for action
Meeting the criteria for becoming a Firewise USA® site helps communities get organized and find direction for their wildfire safety efforts. Like the first rungs on a ladder, the criteria help get a community started toward annual, systematic action to reduce their risks from brush, grass, and forest fires.
Learn about wildfire
As people go through the process, they learn about wildfire risks in the community and the simple things they can do to reduce them. They connect with experts – local firefighters, state forestry professionals, and national researchers – to continue to learn about fire and find resources to accomplish fire-safe actions.
Get peace of mind
People who work with experts to learn about wildfires and take action start to see results quickly. Knowing that they are using the best information available and actually taking steps to reduce the risk of damage from fire helps people start to feel safer in their environment and in their homes. Having a plan for what to do in the event of fire helps people become calmer and more prepared to act quickly.
As neighbors get together to do work, often meeting one another for the first time, they build a stronger bond with each other. Activity can help rally people to a common cause for the good of the neighborhood. This strengthening of community ties can benefit residents in many ways and is especially helpful during an emergency.
Build citizen pride
While the work can be fun, it isn’t always easy. Neighbors work very hard in communities to remove brush and debris, clean up common areas, and dispose of green waste. They are rightly proud when they achieve national recognition for their efforts.
Get publicity
The program provides communities with metal signs, a plaque, and other materials that can be presented publicly to honor their status as a Firewise USA® recognition site. These recognition ceremonies are great ways to shine the spotlight on community efforts. 
Access to funding and assistance
Preference is sometimes given to Firewise USA® sites over other candidates when allocations of grant money are made for wildfire safety or fuel mitigation. The reason is that there are invariably more requests than available funds when grants are available through state or federal agencies. If requests are equally worthy, some officials tend to have more confidence in communities that have demonstrated the foresight of becoming a recognized Firewise USA® site.
Insurance discount for USAA members in certain states
The Departments of Insurance in the states of California, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico, and Utah have approved filings by USAA to give homeowners insurance discounts to USAA members living in communities recognized by the Firewise USA® program.

How to Prevent Wildfires in Texas

Almost 90% of wildfires in Texas are caused by people, so there are steps everyone can take to reduce them. The causes for more than half of the state’s fires fall under two categories: debris burning that gets out of control and “equipment use,” which includes vehicles, machinery, welding, and ranching equipment, among others.
Check out more information from the Texas A&M Forest Service here!