Surviving Wildfire: Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life (A Handbook for Homeowners)

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Every year wildfire destroys thousands of homes, devastates countless lives and burns millions of acres. And every year people who've lost everything say, "We didn't think it would happen to us. If only we'd been better prepared." Now homeowners have a straight-talking handbook to help them get prepared, stay alive and rebuild their lives if disaster strikes. Surviving Wildfire's compelling combination of real-life experience and in-depth research makes it an indispensable tool ...
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Overview

Every year wildfire destroys thousands of homes, devastates countless lives and burns millions of acres. And every year people who've lost everything say, "We didn't think it would happen to us. If only we'd been better prepared." Now homeowners have a straight-talking handbook to help them get prepared, stay alive and rebuild their lives if disaster strikes. Surviving Wildfire's compelling combination of real-life experience and in-depth research makes it an indispensable tool for anyone living with wildfire risk.
CONTENTS Assessing Your Risk; Firewise Building & Remodeling; Defensible Space You Can Live With; Advance Planning (A Pound of Prevention Can Save a Ton of Trouble); Evacuation Essentials (What to Take, When to Leave, How to Escape); Insurance (How Much You Need, What It Covers, How It Works); Filing a Claim (Insider Tips & Tactics); Recovery (Picking Up Your Pieces & Starting Over); Our Story; plus an Appendix with further resources for homeowners.
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Small Press Bookwatch - James Cox
...Surviving Wildfire is worthy of the highest recommendation, especially for anyone who lives in or near fire-prone lands; reading it could literally save lives.
Firewise Communities Program - Michelle Steinberg
A very compelling read and extremely informative. The combination of the author's real-life experience and her diligent research makes this a very helpful handbook for people living with the risk of wildfire.
Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association - Carole Walker
I will definitely recommend Surviving Wildfire to homeowners and insurance professionals; it is a great, comprehensive resource! Masterson explains everything in understandable, objective language that is anchored in her personal experience.
Fire Recovery Manager, Boulder County, CO - Garry Sanfacon
"The County staff reviewed Surviving Wildfire and everyone agreed: this is a great, comprehensive resource. It should be mandatory reading for anyone living in the WUI. I know I could've benefited greatly by this book in my role as Fire Recovery Manager. I will certainly urge homeowners to read it and get prepared."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936555154
  • Publisher: PixyJack Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Pages: 146
  • Sales rank: 987,280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning author and researcher Linda Masterson tackles a subject she knows all too well in Surviving Wildfire: Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life (A Handbook for Homeowners). In 2011, her home and 72-acre tree farm burned to the ground in a Colorado wildfire, leaving her with little but her laptop, a fierce determination to get back on her feet and get on with her life, and a commitment to helping other homeowners be better prepared.

Masterson has always specialized in turning the complex into the comprehensible. In her job as director of Strategic Planning for Ketchum Communications she provided insight and direction to clients ranging from Procter & Gamble to Campbell Soup. As an award-winning author, her work has appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Log Homes Illustrated, Countryside, New Pioneer, Animal Kingdom and many more. Her handbook, Living with Bears: A Practical Guide to Bear Country, has become the book of choice for bear professionals and homeowners alike.

Linda and her husband Cory Phillips now live in a refurbished log home north of Fort Collins and are hard at work replanting their tree farm.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    As a survivor of the High Park fire - one of the largest fires i

    As a survivor of the High Park fire - one of the largest fires in the history of Colorado - and a 30 year veteran on the local VFD, I was anxious to see this book because I have so many friends & neighbors struggling with these issues in the wake of the fire. I was not disappointed. My first copy arrived in the mail last week. Before the evening was out, I had read enough to decide to buy several more copies. One of those copies was for my dad who lives in the WUI west of Denver & is trying to educate his neighbors about being Firewise. The others were for friends who lost their homes in the High Park fire - all of them are in the midst of some version of the insurance nightmare. Since Linda lost her home in the Crystal fire - a year in advance of the High Park fire - she is much further down the learning curve and her book is very helpful to those of us who haven't figured it all out yet. This book covers the spectrum from how to improve your odds of your home surviving a wildfire to how to pick up the pieces if your home is destroyed. Linda does a great job of putting lots of information in a small book that is easy to read. I would recommend that anyone living in - or thinking about living in - the WUI should read this book (and give a copy to all your neighbors).
    - Carol J. Dollard

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Expecting this to tell me how to actually survive a wildfire not

    Expecting this to tell me how to actually survive a wildfire not how to pick up the pieces after you've burned down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

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    She nodded and buried her prey. Then she went to the 8 page result 3

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