Make an emergency plan: choose a safe place to meet, learn evacuation routes, and establish an out-of-town contact.
Take a current photo of you and your pet together in case you get separated during a disaster.
Get to know your neighbor and invite them to be a part of your emergency plan.
Snap photos of important documents and save them in a secure place or online.
Set up group text lists so you can communicate with friends and family during emergencies.
Take a class in CPR and first aid. Our Fire Department offers community and civic organization classes in both. Contact us via our contact page.
Keep and update emergency supplies; remember to include cash.
Have back-up power sources available to charge devices in case of a power outage.
Snap pictures of your property for insurance purposes.
Check your insurance for coverage on disasters like floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes.
Sign up for alerts and warnings. Download the FEMA app at to get real-time alerts, safety tips, and locate open shelters. FEMA Mobile Products | FEMA.gov
Save for a rainy day! Start and grow your emergency fund.
Financially prepare for the New Year. Find out how with the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit.
Spend within your means. Use a personal budgeting worksheet to help plan for holiday expenses and beyond.
Build up your savings. Put a small amount in your account the first of every month beginning January 1.
Be Safe. Stay Safe. Be Prepared.
Interested in Volunteering with Skyland Fire & Rescue
Contact Tony Reid, Volunteer Coordinator
We need your help!
Buncombe and Madison Counties and the municipalities within the counties are working together to become less vulnerable to natural disasters, and your participation in the process is important to us!
The counties, along with local jurisdictions and other partners, are working to update the multi-jurisdictional Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan identifies and assesses our community’s natural hazard risks and identifies strategies that determine how to best minimize or manage those risks.
This survey is an opportunity for you to share your opinions and participate in the mitigation planning process. The information you provide will help us better understand your hazard concerns and can lead to mitigation activities that should help lessen the impacts of future hazard events.
Survey Link: https://s.surveyplanet.com/
Skyland Fire Rescue is Conducting Wildfire Assessment of Homes in the Skyland Fire District
The Wildfire Assessment is done by firefighters who are looking for hazards around the home that may prevent being able to defend the home from a wildfire.
Hazards that may exist around the home may include leaves, brush, or other combustibles that are close to the home.
Skyland Firefighters will be leaving door hangers on homes that has an above average risk for wildfire.
What Can You Do?
Remove combustibles, leaves, and brush at least thirty feet away from the home, decks, or anything that could carry the fire into the home.
What is Your Risk?
This year we have an elevated risk of wildfire due to the dry and hot conditions, which makes the forest burn much faster and hotter, which will continue until we have significant rain.
What is Defendable Space?
Defendable space is the area around your home that does not have brush, leaves, or combustibles which is preferably covered with grass or a non combustible.
Why Do You Need Defendable Space?
Defendable space provides you with a buffer to allow for firefighters to defend your home if a wildfire occurs and helps you and the firefighters protect your home.
What If You Have Questions?
You can Call Skyland Fire Department at any time and we can provide additional answers or have someone come and visit your home to assist you with your wildfire prevention plan.
You can also go to NFPA Firewise for more Information.
Below are the door hangers that are being placed on homes with an above average risk of wildfire as well as additional Wildfire Safety Tips
Help Us Protect and Defend Your Home From Wildfire.
Board of Director Position
Not withstanding a change or restrictions by guidance of federal, state or local government, the annual meeting will be on the 2nd Monday in July each year at 7:30pm.
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