Wildfire Community Preparedness Day marks its 10th anniversary on May 4

February 29, 2024

Celebrating a decade of community resilience against wildfires

Entering its 10th year, Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is set for Saturday, May 4.

This milestone reflects a decade of concerted efforts by communities in wildfire-prone areas to undertake projects enhancing their safety against wildfires.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm, as co-sponsors, underscore the event’s significant contribution to protecting homes and communities from the devastating effects of wildfires over the years.

Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of outreach and advocacy, expressed her optimism about the initiative’s future: “As wildfires continue to present an ever-growing threat to households nationwide, more communities are recognising the power of teaming up to proactively address them.

“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.”

Engaging communities for greater wildfire safety

This year, to foster engagement during the 10-year anniversary, NFPA and State Farm are offering a free banner to the first 100 individuals who develop a project or event for the campaign and share it online.

This initiative aims to map and track community participation across the nation, encouraging a collective effort towards reducing wildfire risks.

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day focuses on science-based measures to mitigate fire hazards around homes and communities.

Activities encouraged on this day include clearing flammable materials from roofs and gutters, maintaining low grass height, and removing potential fuel from around houses.

These simple, cost-effective measures are designed to protect properties from embers and radiant heat during a wildfire.

Resources and support for wildfire preparedness

For those seeking project ideas or resources, the event’s website, wildfireprepday.org, offers a plethora of free materials, including a campaign toolkit.

Additionally, the National Volunteer Fire Council and U.S. Forest Service’s Wildland Fire Assessment Program provide training and resources for conducting home safety assessments, further aiding in making homes and properties more resistant to wildfires.

About State Farm and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

State Farm’s mission is to assist people in managing the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realise their dreams.

It stands as the largest provider of auto and home insurance in the United States.

NFPA, founded in 1896, is a global, self-funded, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating losses due to fire, electrical, and related hazards.

Both organisations have been instrumental in advancing safety and preparedness in communities facing the risk of wildfires.

FSJA Comment

The 10th anniversary of Wildfire Community Preparedness Day represents a crucial milestone in community-led initiatives to combat the increasing threat of wildfires.

This event showcases the power of collective action in enhancing safety measures, highlighting the evolving strategies and resources available to individuals and groups committed to making a difference.

As communities continue to face the challenges posed by wildfires, the sustained effort and collaboration between organizations like NFPA and State Farm, along with the active participation of communities, play a pivotal role in shaping a safer future.

This ongoing commitment to education, preparedness, and resilience is essential in mitigating the impact of wildfires, underscoring the importance of collective action in facing natural disasters.

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