Firewise USA Recognition Program
FIRESafe MARIN can help your community achieve FIREWISE recognition! Some insurance companies now offer substantial discounts to homeowners in recognized FIREWISE Communities. Contact FIRESafe MARIN for details.
The Firewise USA Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. The program provides resources to help homeowners learn how to adapt to living with wildfire while encouraging and empowering neighbors to work together to take action now to reduce their wildfire risk and prevent losses. Join the growing network of more than 1,400 recognized Firewise communities taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.
Scientific research has shown the effectiveness and benefits of implementing wildfire mitigation concepts across individual property boundaries and throughout communities.
Using a six-step process, communities develop an action plan that guides their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live. Neighborhoods throughout Marin and the United States are embracing the benefits of becoming a recognized Firewise Community – and you can too!
The process is simple, and FIRESafe MARIN and the Firewise USA program will provide necessary educational materials, training, expertise and assistance, while allowing your neighborhood to take action and take responsibility!
The following steps will get your community started and on their way to receiving their official Firewise Communities USA recognition status, and the honor of proudly displaying their own high-profile signage along with many other benefits.
The six steps of Firewise recognition:
- Form a Firewise board or committee.
- Obtain a wildfire risk assessment for your neighborhood or community.*
- Create an Action Plan.
- Conduct educational outreach in your neighborhood.
- Invest a minimum of $25 per home in local wildfire risk-reduction actions for the year.
- Submit an application to your state Firewise liaison - FIRESafe MARIN will help!
*The assessment is a written document outlining hazards and risk related to wildfires where you live. This will be prepared by your Firewise committee in cooperation with your local fire department and FIRESafe MARIN. You will create an action plan based on the assessment. Examples are available on the recognition process page.