I've just had the great pleasure of reviewing one of our featured presentations slated for Backyards & Beyond, NFPA's wildland fire education conference which kicks off tonight with a reception and runs through Saturday morning. Chris Roussel of Myriad Development will be speaking on the application of Firewise data in the private sector. In case you think that's a good excuse to sleep in or take a walk on the beach, let me assure you that you do not want to miss this 8 am talk!
NFPA has been working with Myriad Development for more than a year to figure out how we can share important information about the more than 1,200 communities around the country that have engaged in the Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program. As we already know from the analysis and experience of USAA in California, Texas and Colorado, residents of Firewise communities have an edge when it comes to reduced overall property losses. The struggle has been how to get key information about Firewise communities into the hands of more insurance companies and more industry players that influence the homebuying process. After all, wouldn't you want to know about your wildfire risk and how to mitigate it before you bought your home?
Mr. Roussel's company has provided a large part of the solution of sharing Firewise information across the insurance, real estate and mortgage/title markets. Starting in 2016, Myriad Development will be including information about Firewise Communities/USA status for individual properties through their California real estate disclosure product, "DisclosureSave." This information will reach tens of thousands of home buyers as well as the mortgage companies, title companies and real estate agents at the time of transaction. If properties are within Firewise Communities/USA, that information will be disclosed. If not, there will be information on how residents can find out more about becoming Firewise.
Chris Roussel has more details and exciting information to share on how Firewise information will soon reach thousands of companies and influence decisions including insurance underwriting and real estate transactions. I can't wait to hear him talk about this groundbreaking partnership that promises to improve safety not only in California but across the country.