PASADENA, Calif. -- "Okay, Alex, I'll take mitigation for $200."
You've probably not heard anyone ask Alex Trebek that particular question in the 24 years he's hosted Jeopardy on TV.? The show's producers could do viewers a big favor if they put the category up on the big board.?
Not waiting for Alex, Southern Californians are doing their own research with help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of California to learn how mitigation can help them.
Mitigation is the $200 word that describes a billion-dollar solution:? Strengthen now to protect against future damages.? Studies have shown that every $1 spent today to brace property against storms, floods, earthquakes, wildfires and other forms of natural havoc will yield a $4 benefit in the future.
And there is much evidence in Southern California to show that mitigation works.?
- Many homeowners who built with fire-resistant materials and installed screening against flying embers came through the recent wildfires with little or no damage.?
- A 100-foot defensible landscaping zone reduced the effects of wildfire on many homes and businesses.
- For many structures that succumbed to wildfire, a replacement value insurance policy protected home and business owners from financial ruin.
All of these are examples of mitigation in the real world of Southern California today. For more information about mitigation, visit www.fema.gov/what-mitigation/federal-insurance-and-mitigation-administration-fima.?
Use the search tab at www.fema.gov/mitigationbp/sstory_find_gui.do to see how dozens of property owners around the state have braced against wildfires, earthquakes, storms and floods.
There is a step by step guide for most home and business protection projects at www.fema.gov/protect-your-property-or-business-disaster.?
Access to tips on mitigation, hazard maps and other aspects of hazard mitigation is also available through the Hazard Mitigation Web Portal on the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) web site at www.oes.ca.gov. ?Learning about mitigation now could keep your property out of jeopardy in the future.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.