5 Sessions

Once a Month

5:30-7:00PM PST

  • Thursday, January 28, 2021
  • Thursday, February 25, 2021
  • Thursday, March 25, 2021
  • Thursday, April 29, 2021
  • Thursday, May 27, 2021

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Susan Piper
Oakland Firesafe Council

"The Savvy Homeowner (& Renters, too) in Our Disaster-Prone Community" Virtual Town Hall Series

YOU'RE INVITED!  Join OFSC and OCP&R for a 5-part online town hall series featuring expert guest speakers and informative presentations scheduled once-a-month from January to May. Each thoughtfully curated session covers a different important topic related to wildfire/earthquake preparedness.

ARE YOU SAVVY?  Our focus will be on practical knowledge to help you to make good judgments and to take actionable steps towards disaster preparedness in your home and community. Savvy!

GOT QUESTIONS? These 90-minute live webinars will have time set aside to answer questions from attendees.

RSVP to save your spot for the whole series.  Then keep an eye on your inbox for the Zoom links specific for each Session. Don't worry if you can't attend an online event live, sessions will be recorded.

HAVE A LOOK at the following series outline for topics, session schedule, guest speakers and links to recorded sessions.


 SESSION 1: "The City of Oakland Prepares for 2021 Wildfire Season"

 January 28, 2021 RECORDINGS

  • What’s New About Oakland’s Wildfire Risk: Nick Luby, Deputy Fire Chief City of Oakland
  • Oakland’s City-wide Focus on Wildfire Prevention: Joe DeVries, Director of Interdepartmental Operations City of Oakland


 SESSION 2: "Remember the Ember- Practical Steps to Strengthen

 Your Home Against Fire"

February 25, 2021 RECORDING

  • Practical Choices for Ember Awareness: Sheryl Drinkwater, Architect
  • What Fixes Require a Permit: Ken Benson, OFSC Secretary


 SESSION 3: "All About Defensible Space"

March 25, 2021 YouTube VIDEO

Travis Hansen’s Presentation (pdf)

  • Primer on Compliance with Oakland’s Annual Fire Inspection: video presentation by Vince Crudele, Oakland Fire Department
  • Oakland’s Annual Fire Inspection (Summary of 2020 Inspections & What to Expect in 2021): Travis Hansen, Acting Supervisor OFD Vegetation Management Unit


 SESSION 4:  "Not a Matter of If, But When"

April 29, 2021 RECORDING

  • Overview of Bay Area earthquake hazards with a focus on Oakland, including the HayWired scenario: Dr. Andrew Michael, USGS
  • "Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety" Earthquake Preparedness Presentation: Mark Benthien, Executive Director of Earthquake Country Alliance, and Director for Communications, So. Cal. Earthquake Center


 SESSION 5:  "Insurance Matters"

Thursday | May 27, 2021 |  5:30-7:00pm

  • OFSC & Piedmont Pines Insurance Surveys: Robbie Neely, Piedmont Pines Neighborhood Association & Ken Benson, OFSC Secretary
  • Trends in Insurance Coverage in CA: Amy Bach, Executive Director and Founder of United Policyholders