International Association of Fire Chiefs and Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Partner on New National Wildfire Loss Prevention Program

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“Ready, Set, Go!” promotes creation of so-called Fire Adapted Communities by providing tools and resources to teach homeowners how to effectively prepare for and react to wildland fires.

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The Ready, Set, Go! program is a simple and effective three-step process that homeowners should implement now to reduce their risk of damage from wildfire.

Already this year, nearly 17,000 wildfires in the U.S. have burned almost 600,000 acres, and experts are predicting a particularly bad year for such fires. In response to the present and growing threat of wildfire to people and property in 38 states, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), and other partners are launching a new, national loss prevention program called “Ready, Set, Go!” The program was formally launched nationally this week at the IAFC’s annual Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) conference.

“Ready, Set, Go!” promotes creation of so-called Fire Adapted Communities by providing fire departments and other public and private agencies with the tools and resources necessary to teach homeowners how to effectively prepare for and react to wildland fires. Specifically, the program urges homeowners to create their own action plan for preparing their homes and the property surrounding the house, and being able to evacuate the area when local officials give the order.

“Taking steps to protect your home before fire erupts – and that can happen very quickly and unpredictably in vulnerable areas – means you are much more likely to be able to return home to little, if any, damage,” said Julie Rochman, president and CEO of IBHS. “The Ready, Set, Go! program is a simple and effective three-step process that homeowners should implement now to reduce their risk of damage from wildfire.”

The program was developed by the IAFC with support from IBHS, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fire Administration, U.S. Department of the Interior, and Firewise. The program works in complementary and collaborative fashion with Firewise and other existing wildland fire public education efforts, including IBHS’ own regionalized wildfire loss prevention guides – which can be found at DisasterSafety.org.

About the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)
IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks to residential and commercial property by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.

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