Wildfire Mitigation in California Essay

2038 Words9 Pages
ldfire mitigation Wildfire Mitigation An in-depth look at FEMA and Wildfire Mitigation in the U.S. San Francisco State University Department of Geography and Human Environment Studies GEOG 402: Human Response to Natural Disasters with Professor Q. Guo By Erika Cheng, Emily Cheatham Geoffrey Muller, Tommy Ngo & Sam Sumrall October 31, 2013 Wildfire mitigation is addressed by the Federal government through a comprehensive legislative framework. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the governing body over mitigation, policy and funding for before, during and after a natural disaster takes place. Wildfire mitigation projects apply to urban dwellings as well as rural and wildlife regions, though varies depending on location. Mitigation for wildfires varies depending on location data supply and analysis, ground-based and satellite-based fire data, spatial fire risk modeling, mapping, information dissemination, and more (discovery journal). Areas such as forest, rural areas, and remote mountain sites are affected the most by wildfires, and homes in these locations experience a higher risk of being intertwined with deadly wildfires. FEMA mitigation planning creates safer communities by reducing property damage. FEMA also helps recovery happen faster, this is because they have post-disaster plans in place. Mitigation for most wild fires is similar. Before a fire, FEMA tells us to build emergency kits and make a family communication plan. A family communication plan includes completing a contact card for each family member and having it with them at all times. When designing landscape for your home, keep wildfire safety in mind. Select materials and plants that can help contain fire rather than fuel it. Use fire-resistant or noncombustible materials on the roof exterior structure. Inspect chimneys twice a year, keep gutters and roof clean.

More about Wildfire Mitigation in California Essay

Open Document