California Fire Safe Council announces receipt of a $500,000 Edison International Wildfire Assistance Fund grant

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 27, 2019 — California Fire Safe Council is pleased to announce the award of $500,000 from Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE). 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 twenty 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,” said CFSC Executive Director Tracy Katelman.

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,

· 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,” said Caroline Choi, Edison International and Southern California Edison senior vice president of Corporate Affairs. “At Edison, we continue our work to mitigate the risk of wildfire through operations and community involvement. Education is 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,” said Amber Gardner, CFSC Clearinghouse Manager.

The following eight grants were recently awarded, totaling $140,794.

Grantee, Project Award

Fire Safe Council of East Orange County Canyons, Chipper Days $ 4,200

Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District, All Hazards Interactive Risk Assessment Score $ 14,000

Foothill Ranch Maintenance Corporation, Foothill Ranch Hazardous Fuel Modification $ 25,000

Trailseekers of Moreno Valley, Trailseekers Equine Emergency Evacuation Center $ 23,258

Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Communications Hardening $ 20,000

Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council, Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council Capacity Building Grant $ 23,500

Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council, Wildfire Prevention Outreach $ 23,500

La Habra Heights Fire Watch, Inc., La Habra Heights Fire Watch $ 7,336

The California Fire Safe Council has been mobilizing Californians to protect their homes, communities and environments from wildfires for over 25 years. Along with our 15 years of successful grant-making, we have 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 http://www.californiafiresafecouncil.org

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