Craig Jorgens MOFD Board Director

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I will continue making improvements in the Moraga Orinda Fire District.  I will represent the interests of the citizens of Orinda to make Orinda Firewise and prevent catastrophic fires.

My accomplishments in my first 4 years include:

  1. Initiated the Chipper program and voted to fully fund it year round. It removed 190 tons of flammable materials around residents homes in 2020 alone
  2. Founding member of the Orinda Firewise Council dedicated to making all of Orinda a Firewise Community through outreach and education about fire prevention and hardening your home against wildfires.
  3. Hired a terrific new Fire Chief who is proactive, innovative and dedicated to making Orinda Fire Safe.
  4. Instrumental in identifying and implementing new early fire detection technology and evacuation alert systems.
  5. Set up and funded reserves to help offset our $50+ million unfunded pension and medical liabilities.
  6. Hired new outside auditors and lawyers to improve transparency
  7. Uncovered $23M overstatement of assets on MOFD’s books and brought in Government Accounting Standards Board to verify and correct it

I believe MOFD should:

  1. Focus more on fire prevention while still providing State-of-the-art Fire and Emergency Medical Services.
  2. Utilize advanced technology to leverage MOFD’s physical assets and well-trained personnel.
  3. Employ national best practices to ensure our processes and systems are the best possible.

Orinda has been my family’s home for 28 years.  I will continue to provide new and creative ideas to address MOFD’s ongoing financial and operational challenges.

Leveraging my strong background in Business, Finance and Engineering I will fully analyze, understand and oversee MOFD’s complex service operations.

I have a BS in Engineering/Business Economics and an MBA

  FIRE SAFETY SUGGESTIONS

Below is some useful information on how to make your home safer in a firestorm and evacuation advice from multiple sources.

  1. Prepare a bag with the essential items you need to evacuate. This should include medications for several days.  Cell phone chargers, copy of driver’s license and passport.  Credit card, some cash, cash card change of clothes etc. In a bag in your garage on a  wall hook
  2. Register for the Community Warning System https://cwsalerts.com/registration/taking this simple step will greatly increase our ability to communicate critical information during an emergency.
  3. If you have a landline phone, consider purchasing an uninterrupted power supply to power your internet router/modem connection and telephone during a power outage. If you have a cordless phone, it will not work without power to the base station. Keeping your telephone and internet working during an emergency is a critical step to staying informed and aware of incident conditions.
  4. Consider purchasing an emergency alert radio. This inexpensive radios have a 90 Db siren and can be activated by the Community Warning System to pass incident information and evacuation alerts. An example of these radios can be seen here:  https://www.amazon.com/Midland-Radios-code-Trilingual-Alarm/dp/B075C7L33R/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1542208501&sr=8-7&keywords=weather+alert+radio
  5. Develop a neighborhood notification plan to ensure that everyone in the community will be notified if there is an evacuation order.  This should include all residents knocking on their immediate neighbor’s door before leaving to ensure everyone has been notified.  It should also include identifying those who will need assistance in the event of an evacuation order and identifying neighbors who can assist them.
  6. If evacuation orders are issued, all residents should leave immediately. Plan to evacuate out of the immediate area to remove yourself from danger. This will require leaving Orinda.
  7. http://www.Nixle.com local police info and warnings
  8. Firewise community website https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Wildfire/Firewise-USA
  9.  https://ucanr.edu/sites/Wildfire/
  10. http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Hardening-Your-Home/
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvbNOPSYyss

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HARDENING YOUR HOME

Against Fires

Flying embers can destroy homes up to a mile from a wildfire. “Harden” your home now before a fire starts by using ember-resistant building materials.

Here are some things you can do to harden your home and make it more fire resistant.

Roof
The roof is the most vulnerable part of your home. Homes with wood or shingle roofs are at high risk of being destroyed during a wildfire. Build your roof or re-roof with materials such as composition, metal or tile. Block any spaces between roof decking and covering to prevent embers from catching.

Vents
Vents on homes create openings for flying embers.

  • Cover all vent openings with 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch metal mesh. Do not use fiberglass or plastic mesh because they can melt and burn.
  • Protect vents in eaves or cornices with baffles to block embers (mesh is not enough).

Eaves and Soffits
Eaves and soffits should be protected with ignition-resistant* or non-combustible materials.

Windows
Heat from a wildfire can cause windows to break even before the home ignites. This allows burning embers to enter and start fires inside. Single-paned and large windows are particularly vulnerable.

  • Install dual-paned windows with one pane of tempered glass to reduce the chance of breakage in a fire.
  • Consider limiting the size and number of windows that face large areas of vegetation.

Walls
Wood products, such as boards, panels or shingles, are common siding materials. However, they are combustible and not good choices for fire-prone areas.

  • Build or remodel your walls with ignition resistant* building materials, such as stucco, fiber cement, wall siding, fire retardant, treated wood, or other approved materials.
  • Be sure to extend materials from the foundation to the roof.

Decks
Surfaces within 10 feet of the building should be built with ignition-resistant*, non-combustible, or other approved materials.

  • Ensure that all combustible items are removed from underneath your deck.

Rain Gutters
Screen or enclose rain gutters to prevent accumulation of plant debris.

Patio Cover
Use the same ignition-resistant* materials for patio coverings as a roof.

Chimney
Cover your chimney and stovepipe outlets with a non-combustible screen. Use metal screen material with openings no smaller than 3/8-inch and no larger than 1/2-inch to prevent embers from escaping and igniting a fire.

Garage
Have a fire extinguisher and tools such as a shovel, rake, bucket, and hoe available for fire emergencies.

  • Install weather stripping around and under the garage door to prevent embers from blowing in.
  • Store all combustible and flammable liquids away from ignition sources.

Fences
Consider using ignition-resistant* or non-combustible fence materials to protect your home during a wildfire.

Driveways and Access Roads
Driveways should be built and maintained in accordance with state and local codes to allow fire and emergency vehicles to reach your home. Consider maintaining access roads with a minimum of 10 feet of clearance on either side, allowing for two-way traffic.

  • Ensure that all gates open inward and are wide enough to accommodate emergency equipment.
  • Trim trees and shrubs overhanging the road to allow emergency vehicles to pass.

Address
Make sure your address is clearly visible from the road.

Water Supply
Consider having multiple garden hoses that are long enough to reach all areas of your home and other structures on your property. If you have a pool or well, consider getting a pump.

Useful Links
Fire Information Engine—Homeowner Wildfire Assessment 
University of California—Homeowner’s Wildfire Mitigation Guide 

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