Entering its 10th Year, Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is May 4

First 100 people to post their project plans online will receive a free campaign banner

The National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) and State Farm have announced that Wildfire Community Preparedness Day will be held on Saturday, May 4, reflecting the 10th anniversary of the campaign. Each year, Wildfire Community Preparedness Day actively encourages groups and individuals living in wildfire-prone areas to complete projects that can help make their homes and communities safer from wildfire. As co-sponsors of Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, NFPA and State Farm are working to celebrate the campaign’s positive impact on countless homes and communities over the past decade.

“As wildfires continue to present an ever-growing threat to households nationwide, more communities are recognizing the power of teaming up to proactively address them,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of outreach and advocacy. “I’m incredibly proud of the progress we’ve seen over time and fully expect that the level of participation and enthusiasm in Wildfire Community Preparedness Day will continue to grow this momentous year and beyond.”

With a vested interest in property loss reduction and personal safety, State Farm has played an active role in supporting the campaign since its inception. This year, to encourage participation during the campaign’s 10-year anniversary, NFPA and State Farm are offering a free banner to the first 100 people who develop a campaign project or event and post it online. This can be done by filling out the online form that tracks and maps community participation in the campaign nationwide.

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day provides science-based steps people can take to reduce or remove potential fire hazards from a home and its immediate surroundings – known as the “home ignition zone” – to help protect from embers and radiant heat from wildfires. Typical activities might include simple, low-cost home improvement projects such as clearing dead leaves, debris, and pine needles from roofs and gutters; keeping lawns and native grasses mowed to a height of four inches; or removing anything stored underneath decks or porches that could burn.

For more information about Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, project ideas, and free resources to download and share, including a campaign toolkit, visit wildfireprepday.org.

Need a project idea? Utilize the National Volunteer Fire Council and U.S. Forest Service’s Wildland Fire Assessment Program training and resources to conduct home safety assessments to help residents make their homes and property more fire adapted and better protected from the next wildfire.

About State Farm®
The mission of State Farm is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto and home insurance in the United States. Its nearly 19,000 agents and approximately 58,000 employees serve approximately 83 million policies and accounts – approximately 81 million auto, fire, life, health, and commercial policies and approximately 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats, and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 36 on the 2019 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit https://www.statefarm.com/.

About the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)
Founded in 1896, NFPA® is a global, self-funded, 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. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.