Last week, the Fire Adapted Communities Coalition released its, “Guide to Fire Adapted Communities.” It serves as a beneficial go-to reference document that puts in clear language for communities and local residents the FAC concept and the role they can each play in preparedness.
We’ve heard great comments about its content and I want to highlight one reason for those positive responses. Chapter 5 of the guide focuses on preparing neighborhoods and developments for wildfire. It outlines in clear language how the various groups in a Fire Adapted Community can work collectively on preparedness and details ignition risks to landscapes and the built environment. Much of these details come from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) – a member of the FAC Coalition – through its research into embers, flame contact, and radiant heat. They also provide beneficial educational materials for residents to understand their insurance needs.
The value of these considerations are clear. Julie Rochman, IBHS president and CEO, shared that, “With many areas of the country experiencing significant drought and very warm temperatures, it’s critical that property owners in wildfire-prone regions create and maintain defensible space surrounding their home or business.”
She went into share with us that, “Through field studies and ongoing wildfire research at the IBHS Research Center, we have found that this is the best way to reduce the risk of costly damage as a result of wildfire. With little to no cost, a property owner can significantly increase their resilience to wildfire damage using IBHS guidance available on their website, www.DisasterSafety.org/Wildfire."