Home Assessment Program
Schedule a free Home Assessment to help you prepare your home to withstand a wildfire
How vulnerable is your home? If a wildfire came through your neighborhood, would it be likely to survive intact? There is a lot you can do to prepare for the best possible outcome, and we can help. Some fixes are costly, but many others are simple, inexpensive and easy to do yourself.
The Mendocino County Fire Safe Council’s Home Assessment Program can visit your home and explain how to use basic fire science principles to your best advantage. They will also leave you with customized advice and specific steps you can take to protect your property. We can help you find weaknesses you may have overlooked so you can proceed with added confidence, at your own pace, knowing that you now have the benefit of current science and advice for a safer home.
You can also get to the top of the line by helping us organize a small evaluation community events in your area (see below).
This amazing FREE opportunity gives you a non-judgmental, non-binding, non-regulatory, risk-free educational experience. You work with us to schedule the time and place, and our assessor will:
- explain the basics of assessing your home’s wildfire risks
- review the most important steps you can take to reduce those risks
- walk through your property to identify which improvements are the highest priority
- answer any questions you have, and
- leave literature, if you like, to help you learn even more.
INVITE YOUR NEIGHBORS! You can all gain added value if you (optionally) invite neighbors, friends and family to attend your assessment. This gives everyone even more in-depth, real-life demonstrations of the principles and best practices for wildfire readiness. And who doesn’t enjoy a stroll through a neighbor’s back yard?
For efficiency and reduction of travel distances, we try to schedule 3-5 assessments in the same area on a single day. So please talk to your neighbors about signing up on the same day; this makes it more likely that we will be able to schedule your assessments. We have learned that homes are often only as fire-safe as their neighbors’ homes in a wildfire event, so this is also a wise strategy for preparing your entire locality at once.
One of the best ways to start is by contacting your local Neighborhood Fire Safe Council (https://firesafemendocino.org/neighborhood-fire-safe-councils-of-mendocino-county/) — or consider starting an NFSC, if your area doesn’t have one yet, to mobilize other local residents. NFSCs can also provide information, support and resources for even greater wildfire safety. If that is not an option your can just call or email us to get on the list.
After your assessment, the next step often involves hiring professionals to do home-hardening work or create defensible space by tree-trimming or brush-clearing in your yard or along your driveway. We now offer free Defensible Space Assistance For Income-Eligible senior and/or disabled residents (DSAFIE, https://firesafemendocino.org/DSAFIE/). For other residents of any age, ability or income level, we are currently seeking funding for a cost-share program that will pay half of the cost of your defensible-space clearing. Stay tuned for updates!