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Wildfire Preparedness & Recovery

Resources and Guidelines

In response to the devastating wildfires that have burned over 1.25 million acres in California, Wine Institute is sharing talking points on the statewide situation along with wildfire preparedness and recovery resources. Included is information on Personal Protective Equipment during wildfire smoke events, the use of generators during wildfires or Public Safety Power Shutoffs, and a Fire Recovery Guide from Congressman Mike Thompson’s office. Below is an abbreviated list of the information and resources available on Wine Institute’s Wildfire Resource page.

Wildfire Preparedness
An update to the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) publication, A Winegrowers’ Guide to Preparing for Wildfires, a checklist that ensures both a property and staff are fire prepared, is now available. A video on preparing for fire at your winery or vineyard can be found here. Read more→

AQI Employee Communications, Training, and Protections
California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) regulations require employers to take precautionary actions when the Air Quality Index (AQI) for particulate matter 2.5 micrometers or smaller (PM2.5) is 151 or greater, and in instances where employers anticipate that employees could be exposed to wildfire smoke. Read more→

Generator Regulatory Requirements
Wineries preparing for wildfires and Public Safety Power Shutoff events by utilizing generators need to be aware of regulatory requirements for their use. The requirements are not uniform across the state as they are implemented at the local air district level. Read more→

Fire Recovery Guide
If a home or winery has been impacted by the current wildfires, Congressman Mike Thompson’s Office issued a Fire Recovery Guide that provides a “Quick Guide” to federal resources, including funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA), unemployment assistance and replacement of lost documents and legal sources. Read More→



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