Annie Schmidt is the Director of Policy and Partnerships for the Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network as well as the Public Affairs Officer for Chelan County Fire District 3 in Leavenworth, WA. Annie has worked in the environmental field for the past 15 years (including five years as the Director of the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition). She is the co-author of the National Forest Foundation publication “A Roadmap for Collaboration Before, During and After the NEPA Process” which has been distributed to Forest Service units and collaborative groups across the nation.
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. Her recent work includes assisting with the development of the Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network.
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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