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Morgan Hill's Jackson Oaks Community: Firewise Team Report for 2017

Woman in red jacket smiling and waving, picking up newly mowed brush from her back yard
Homeowner Peggy Mahurin picks up newly mowed brush, part of maintaining defensible space

The Jackson Oaks community in Morgan Hill has been awarded National Fire Protection Association's “FireSafe Community” designation for 2016 and 2017. The designation includes a grant from NFPA and State Farm, to support the community's fire prevention and preparedness efforts.

Here's an article (PDF) that Gale Hammond of Jackson Oaks Homeowner's Association (JOA) wrote for their Annual HOA Meeting held Monday evening, January 22, 2018. Their meeting always includes a yearly review of the association’s activities, which includes their Firewise Team efforts.

Most of the pictures in the article are of their NFPA’s Wildfire Community Preparedness Day activities last May 6th. This included an outreach effort in the morning, followed by a BBQ at their clubhouse for all the residents who had volunteered since prior May’s (2016) event. They logged 43 volunteers, 344 hours.

The event included a visit from Morgan Hill Fire in one of their fire trucks, bringing Smoky the Bear to the event, which the kids just love. The firefighters also handed out kid’s firefighter helmets

A grant from the NFPA and State Farm helped pay for the May event. JOA has won this grant for the last two years and the competition for this year’s grant is going on right now (as of January 23, 2018). Jackson Oaks Firewise Team’s plan has gleaned over 800 on-line votes to date.

Visit the voting page here, including JOA's proposed project, entered into the competition:

Voting continues through March 2, 2018.

Throughout the year, JOA holds workshops related to wildfire preparedness. In 2017 they offered “How To Use Nextdoor” and a second workshop on “How To Use Your Smartphone Through Your Home WiFi Router.” Gretchen Hayes of Santa Clara County FireSafe Council will present a Wildfire Evacuation Workshop (WEW) session this year, on May 5, 2018. She did two of these last year here. They were very well received and several residents are asking for an encore!

Alan Bicho


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