FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Building Codes Protect Homes from Wildfire   [open pdf - 29KB]

Alternate Title: Building Codes Protect Homes Wildfires Warded Off

"The FEMA Best Practices Portfolio consists of mitigation stories submitted by individuals and communities that describe measures they have taken to reduce the loss of life and property from disasters. These Best Practices are meant to provide ideas and concepts about reducing losses and to encourage others to evaluate their own risk and consider mitigation as a long-term solution to reducing that risk." From the document: "For Karen Stevens, her family, and neighbors in the Southern Oaks section of Stevenson Ranch, it was a blessing that the planned development where they live has a 200-foot-wide greenbelt around it designed to ward off wildfires. 'There were plenty of embers flying around,' said Stevens, whose Morning Mist Drive home in Santa Clarita north of Los Angeles backs up to hills of the Santa Susana Mountains. These same mountains were set ablaze by the Simi Fire, one of 12 wildfires that burned more than 739,000 acres in five Southern California counties in October 2003. Airdrops were made on the wildfire as it came towards the two-story Stevens home, and firefighters literally surrounded the area. Firefighters were bolstered in their fight by the mitigation measures taken to protect the community." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in "Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011]," which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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