Annie Schmidt has worked with wildfire response, resilient landscapes, and fire adapted communities for the past 20 years. Annie is currently working for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources facilitating the report to Washington State’s legislature centered on SHB 2561.
Prior to her current position with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Annie lead the policy and partnership effort for the Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network and is the former Director of the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition in Leavenworth, WA. Projects include the After the Fire Toolkit, helping to establish the Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, and most recently, development of Washington State’s Strategic Plan for Wildland Fire.
Annie is passionate about sharing fire adapted communities concepts and particularly enjoys teaching the Wildland Urban Interface: Fire Adapted Communities course at the National Fire Academy in Emmittsburg, Maryland. Annie’s other areas of interest include the integration of FAC principles into Incident Management Team operations, the development of business wildfire resilience, and post-fire recovery. Annie’s work on the ground with communities throughout Washington State, her experience in the volunteer fire service as well as time with both state and federal agencies has provided her with perspectives from multiple scales and throughout the fire cycle (before, during, and after wildfire).
The past several fire seasons in Washington State have highlighted the importance of working with businesses to promote continuity planning and business resilience. In many small rural communities, small business is big business.
Annie has been working with businesses in and around the Leavenworth area, the Washington State Department of Commerce, Washington State Fire Adapted Communities, the Okanogan Conservation District and the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition to increase the local capacity for business resilience.
Materials available for sharing: workshop Powerpoints, agendas, outreach materials, resource lists and workshop handouts.
Incident Management Team Integration
In order to promote the integration of fire adapted community information during incidents (when smoke is in the air and a window of opportunity for public engagement exists) the "One More Sentence" tool was developed in 2014. Used successfully in 2014 on a number of incidents, the tool is updated annually to incorporate National Fire Season Themes.
Annie has presented fire adapted communities information to Incident Commanders, Information Officers and Liaison Officers throughout Washington and Oregon. She has also presented tools and fire adapted communities information to S-203 (Introduction to Incident Information) students and local fire departments.
Materials available for sharing: One More Sentence toolkit, Powerpoint presentations, Incident Management Team Integration white paper, and sample delegation of authorities.
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After the Fire
Annie led the development of the After the Fire toolkit, designed to help communities communicate quickly and effectively post-fire. Designed to be customized using free software, printed from any desktop computer, and easy to access, the After the Fire toolkit includes brochures, door hangers, public service announcements, posters and more.
Resources available for sharing: lots! See https://afterthefirewa.org
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