As part of the 2023 WiReS Program, we are offering a number of small-group discussion opportunities to 1.) support attendees' general knowledge of the main concepts and issues highlighted in the program content and 2.) highlight big-picture conference themes and questions to consider during session programming.
These discussion groups will be lead by industry experts and leaders who will share their knowledge and help guide the discussions.
Location: The Conference Venue, Town & Country Resort
Plan ahead and try to attend one of these pre-conference discussions! Please note, Tuesday activities are available for in-person attendees only.
To help us plan for these activities, please indicate your intent to attend the pre-conference small group discussions by completing the form below.
Please complete the RSVP form here
Small Group Discussion Topics will include:
Terminology of Codes & Procedures - Training
Discussion/Training lead by Marcelo Hirschler, GBH International
Learn more about the acronyms and code terminology that you will hear throughout the conference! Led by one of our keynote speakers, this is the perfect discussion group for folks whom do not have a background in codes and policy language.
Comprehensive approaches for turning research into policy advancements
Discussion leader: Daniel Gorham, UL FSRI
This small group discussion will cover a variety of themes such as 1.) Research gaps - what we know and what we don't know 2.) What is still needed for home hardening research to facilitate collective impact across the state, what needs to happen? More research? More communication? More promotion efforts through community outreach? Join us to discuss this important topic in greater detail.
Existing vs. new housing and where to go from here
Discussion leaders: Steve Hawks, CAL FIRE and Steve Quarles, UC Cooperative Extension
Discussing survivability of homes, options for low & no cost retrofitting, and construction techniques.
CAL FIRE Funding for WUI
Discussion lead by Natalie Burke and Sina Tate, CAL FIRE
Learn more about what programs CAL FIRE is offering to provide WUI support and funding.