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2018 Neighborhood Watch Presentation

This presentation was given by Officer Darrell Grayson at the March 26, 2018 meeting about Neighborhood Watch. It contains many helpful ideas about keeping the neighborhood safe.

Neighborhood Watch Contact List

This template can be used (and changed as you see fit) to establish a contact list for all the neighbors in your Neighborhood Watch.

NWACA Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)

This document describes the approach being taken by NWACA to address the wildfire risks that were identified in the February 2014 NWACA assessment. Individual neighborhood groups use this as a basis and as background for creating their own neighborhood-local CWPP.

NWACA Area Community Wildfire Assessment Report

The report completed by the Austin Fire Department and Texas Forest Service, which provides the baseline wildfire assessment for the NWACA area. This can be used as a reference for any smaller portion of NWACA when putting together their Firewise Community applications and their CWPP (Community Wildfire Protection Plan).

A NWACA Map for WUI Response Index

This map shows an overall wildfire risk index for the NWACA area. The index values are color coded, as shown on the map legend. They are a composite of three components of fire behavior in the wildland urban interface (WUI):

  • vegetation hazard, based on density
  • slope
  • structure density of the area

As you can see from the temperature bar at the bottom of the map, about half of our neighborhood is at extreme or high risk in a wildfire event.

A NWACA Map of Conflagration Risk

This map shows each of the residences in NWACA, color-coded for their risk in a fire situation, based on proximity to other residences. The risk might be from a wildfire or from a nearby house fire. See the legend at the bottom of the map.

In addition, the map has circled the primary evacuation points for this part of Austin - see the red circles. In case exit is not viable, there are temporary evacuation zones where residents might be able to shelter in place, shown with white stars - the area around Murchison Middle School and the Dell Jewish Community Center.

Dealing with Raccoons

Advice from a wildlife biologist on how to minimize household damage from raccoons.

Cougar Run Dam Background Information

This article provides some background and history of the Cougar Run Dam, for which the City of Austin plans for maintenance are causing some controversy with the neighbors.

2015 10 27 COA Master Comment Report

City Staff comments regarding the August submission by Drenner Group. Additional comments and questions raised here will not be addressed during the pause for the community charrette activities during Q4 2015 and January 2016.

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