Winning with Wildfire Preparation

Source: FEMA

For National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, gather your family and friends together to create a wildfire preparedness project in your community, and win with wildfire preparation – and possibly a funding award. State Farm is offering funding awards of $500 for wildfire preparedness projects.

As part of National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, America’s PrepareAthon! is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to encourage all to host a wildfire preparedness project in their communities for the wildfire preparedness day – occurring on Saturday, May 7. State Farm will provide the funding award for 125 wildfire projects nationwide.

To be considered for the award, apply by Sunday, February 28. Include a brief description of the project you or your group will complete for the National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. Any project that brings people together to take action and be prepared for wildfire counts. Some activities could include:

  • Remove excess pine needles or downed tree limbs;
  • Collaborate with your neighbors to develop an evacuation plan;
  • Build pet evacuation kits and donate them to local animal shelters for use during disasters; and
  • Help elderly neighbors put emergency contacts in their phone.

Get family and friends to vote for your project as a way to demonstrate local support for what you’re doing. Activities can be coordinated by anyone (individuals, small group, an entire neighborhood, or community-based organization) working to reduce wildfire risk and advance general wildfire preparedness, or minimize post-fire impacts from a recent wildfire.

You can find activities and the official rules on the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day section of the NFPA web site. Visit the National Volunteer Fire Council’s Wildland Fire Assessment Program for training, resources, and additional activity ideas to help get your community prepared. There’s also wildfire information and preparedness resources on the America’s PrepareAthon! web site.