AUSTIN, Texas, March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- DisclosureSave, LLC and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced today that DisclosureSave will integrate NFPA's Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program data into its California Natural Hazard Disclosure (NHD) report, starting April 5, 2016.
The Firewise® program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety, with the ultimate goal of saving lives and property from wildfire through the efforts of neighbors working together. Neighborhoods that complete the program are rewarded with a Firewise Communities/USA designation.
"The promotion and integration of the Firewise information into the buyer's Natural Hazard Disclosure Statement could not align better with the underlying statute, CA Civil Code Sec. 1103 and its purpose of proper disclosure and mitigation of fire risk to a California home buyer," said Chris Roussel, CEO of DisclosureSave. DisclosureSave's service to both real estate professionals and homeowners is invaluable in spreading Firewise awareness and encouraging participation across the state. As the California fire season lengthens year after year, providing an NHD report that highlights the existence of Firewise communities is indispensable to real estate agents and home buyers looking for neighborhoods that focus on safety.
NFPA launched its voluntary Firewise program in 2002 with 12 pilot neighborhoods. It has grown to nearly 1,300 active member communities across 40 states. In California, there are currently more than 110 active Firewise communities.
"People have many choices when it comes to buying a home, and many risks and benefits to weigh," said Michele Steinberg, manager of NFPA's wildland fire division. "Information about what they can do to be safer from wildfire risk, and how their new neighborhood may already be taking steps to be Firewise, is empowering for prospective home buyers. With this new partnership, DisclosureSave and NFPA continue to drive efforts to increase awareness and manage growing wildfire risk resulting from increased population in wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas."
DisclosureSave is a leading provider of Natural Hazard Disclosure Reports to the Real-estate Industry and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Myriad Development, Inc. Myriad is a leading provider of underwriting decision support technology and information to the Property & Casualty, Government Agency and Real Estate Services markets for more than a decade. The company's core products focus on risk mitigation through the use of complex data and technical solutions.
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.
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