Growing up in Southern California, my family has experienced its fair share of floods and fires. My grandfather and great-grandfather first build their beach-side summer home in the 1920’s. During WWII this home burned down, and when my grandfather moved back in the 70’s to rebuild a retirement home, he did so with the intent that this property would be protected from natural disasters. His efforts were tested several times over the 30+ years when we owned the property, the home surviving numerous floods and wildfires – one of which literally went over the house. You can read an LA Times article about his successful efforts here.
As the article suggests, much of my grandfather’s knowledge came from Dr. Klaus Radtke. He met Dr. Radtke at a wildfire seminar in 1978, and they would become lifelong friends.
Dr. Radtke has written an informative e-book entitled “A Homeowner’s Guide to Fire and Watershed Management At the Chaparral / Urban Interface“. A shorter title might be: “Protect Your Home From Floods and Wildfires.”
I know first handle the value of the knowledge in this book – and if you live in any area susceptible to natural disasters I highly encourage you to download it and read it.