Firewise USA Program Benefits
There are numerous benefits for residents who live is a recognized Firewise USA community. Here are a few of the more important benefits:
The Firewise USA program provides your neighbors with a framework for reducing the risk of wildfire. Meeting the criteria for becoming a Firewise USA™ site helps communities get organized and find direction for their wildfire safety efforts.
LEARN ABOUT WILDFIRE RISKS
As neighbors go through the process, they learn about wildfire risks in the community and the simple things they can do to reduce them. They connect with experts – local fire fighters, state forestry professionals, and national researchers – to continue to learn about fire and find resources to accomplish fire-safe actions.
PEACE OF MIND
People who work with experts to learn about wildfire and take action start to see results quickly. Knowing that they are using the best information available and actually taking steps to reduce the risk of damage from fire helps people start to feel safer in their environment and in their homes. Having a plan for what to do in the event of a fire helps people become calmer and more prepared to act quickly.
BUILDS A STRONGER COMMUNITY
As neighbors get together to do work, often meeting one another for the first time, they build a stronger bond with each other. Activity can help rally people to a common cause for the good of the neighborhood. This strengthening of community ties can benefit residents in many ways, and is especially helpful during an emergency.
The program provides communities with metal signs, a plaque and other materials that can be presented publicly to honor their status as a Firewise USA community. These recognition ceremonies are great ways to shine the spotlight on community efforts. News media always loves a great “feel good” story and the national program features community stories regularly on the website and in its publications. All this publicity results not only in satisfaction for the residents involved but also provides one more way to reach large numbers of people with information about wildfire safety.
Homeowners may be eligible for insurance discounts if they live in a recognized Firewise USA community. These discounts are not guaranteed and are not administered by the Lake County Fire Safe Council or the NFPA/Firewise USA program. Other insurers may offer these discounts as well. Contact your agent for questions.
Resource credit: FIRESafe MARIN
LAKE COUNTY FIREWISE COMMUNITIES
> Anderson Springs – Middletown
> Clearlake Oaks Keys Property Owners Association – Clearlake Oaks
> Clearlake Riviera Community Association – Kelseyville
> Cobb Mountain Group 2 – Cobb
> Cobb View – Cobb
> Hidden Valley Lake – Hidden Valley Lake
> Jones Creek Crossing – Cobb
> Riviera Heights HOA – Kelseyville
> Seigler Springs – Loch Lomond
> Wolf Creek – Clearlake Oaks