Award-winning author and researcher Linda Masterson tackles a subject she knows all too well in Surviving Wildfire: Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life (A Handbook for Homeowners). Masterson's home and 72-acre tree farm burned to the ground in a Colorado wildfire in 2011, leaving her with little but her laptop and a fierce determination to get back on her feet and get on with her life.
Masterson has always specialized in turning the complex into the comprehensible. In her job as director of Strategic Planning for Ketchum Communications she provided insight and direction to clients ranging from Procter & Gamble to Campbell Soup.
Her newly released book, Living with Bears Handbook, (LivingWithBears.com) is filled with information, inspiration and motivation for people who live and play in bear country. Its combination of solid research, sound advice from bear experts all over the continent and motivating true stories of people and communities who have learned to coexist with bears has made it the book of choice for bear professionals and homeowners alike.
In addition to her books, Linda's articles have appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Log Homes Illustrated, Countryside, New Pioneer, Animal Kingdom and many more publications.
To interview Linda Masterson, inquire about a presentation, or to request an article:
Please email Lmastercom [at] aol.com or call 970.231.7500 (mobile)
Award-winning author and researcher Linda Masterson tackles a subject she knows all too well in Surviving Wildfire: Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life (A Handbook for Homeowners). Masterson's home and 72-acre tree farm burned to the ground in the Crystal wildfire in 2011, leaving her with little but her laptop and a fierce determination to get back on her feet and share the lessons she learned with others living with wildfire risk. Masterson is also the author of Living with Bears: A Practical Guide to Bear Country, and her articles have appeared in many newspapers and magazines. She's a former creative director and senior vice president of Ketchum Communications. Her business background includes extensive experience in strategic planning, marketing and communications.
TV & Newspaper Interviews
Reinventing After You Lose Everything, a story about Linda Masterson in MORE Magazine (by Dana Hudepohl)
Presentations by Masterson
Firewise Virtual Workshop
Join Firewise Communities in an hour-long preparedness workshop, with author Linda Masterson, as she shares what she learned as she navigated through the evacuation, recovery and rebuilding stages after losing her home in a 2011 wildfire.
Backyards & Beyond; NFPA's Wildland Fire Education Conference
November 14 - 16, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah
Surviving Wildfire: Losing Your Home, Rebuilding Your Life
Linda shared critical steps people can take now to reduce risk and be better prepared to deal with the worst. Participants learned how to evaluate need and work with their insurance company before and after a loss to make sure they will have the resources needed to rebuild their lives and make the road to recovery less painful to travel.
Why Do We Prepare? A Property Insurance Perspective
For many years, there has been an assumption that residents are motivated only by the potential for an insurance discount, yet homeowners act to become safer for many other reasons. Panelists (Carole Walker, Linda Masterson, Michele Steinberg) answered questions about insurance incentives and disincentives, the impact of major wildfire events on insurers and policy holders, how insurers educate their customers, and the role of insurance in loss recovery.
Mile High Business Preparedness Academy
September 8, 2013 in Blackhawk, Colorado; sponsored by the Red Cross
As a featured speaker, Linda shared tips and guidelines to help businesses be better prepared to deal with disasters.
Insurance Day - Colorado State Capitol
March 6, 2013; hosted by Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association
Why insurance issues spur emotional debates that pit politics against good public policy and smart business decisions, and how the insurance industry can bridge the gap between policyholder expectations and the realities of filing a major catastrophe claim.
Summit County Forest Health Task Force
A Survivor's Guide to Getting Wildfire Smart by Linda Masterson
August 21, 2013 in Frisco, Colorado
Upper Poudre Canyon Association
Homeowners, firefighters and members of the Upper Poudre Canyon Association gathered to hear Linda share both her research on how to be better prepared to live in the WUI and her personal experiences and lessons learned.
Crystal Lake's HOA Meeting
Linda covered the basics of getting Wildfire Smart. Members received a book and pocket guide as a thank you for making a donation to the Greenbelt Committee.
Rist Canyon Get Prepared Event
Linda joined a host of experts sharing resources and showing people how to be better prepared for wildfires and floods.