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Save the Date! Wildfire Community Preparedness Day:  May 3, 2014

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Oct 16, 2013

Join communities throughout the U.S. on Saturday, May 3, 2014 as NFPA launches its first national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (Wildfire Preparedness Day)!

What it’s all about

Inspired by our 2013 Colorado Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service pilot last May, the 2014 Wildfire Preparedness Day, takes the concept beyond the state level and propels it nationwide  – a campaign that helps educate and motivate residents of all ages across the country to participate in wildfire mitigation and preparedness activities. 

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Participate in activities on your own, with a few family members or with a larger group of friends and neighbors. Activities can range from simple tasks that last an hour to more involved activities that take an entire day. But no matter what you choose to do, most projects can be done easily by all age groups.  Looking for some ideas? Check out our list of potential projects on the Firewise.organd fireadapted.orgwebsites to help get your creative juices flowing…

 …And thank you! Efforts such as these increase wildfire awareness, promote collaboration and bring residents together to work on projects that can help protect homes, neighborhoods and entire communities from future wildfire risk or current post-fire impacts. When you and your family members, friends and neighbors get together, you are making important contributions in the high risk areas where you live and ultimately, you are creating safer, more fire adapted communities for everyone. 

Is your community already a recognized Firewise Communities/USA site? Consider using May 3, 2014 to serve as, or supplement the Firewise Day event required as a part of the annual renewal process

Our 2013 Colorado Day of Service campaign saw groups of all ages participate in more than 16 projects across the state with more than 600 participants. Our goal is to more than triple that number in 2014.

Where to begin

To learn more about the Wildfire Preparedness Day, visit www.nfpa.org/wildfirepreparednessday.

For project ideas that can be done around your home and across your neighborhood, check out our project ideas list (PDF, 26 KB). In some areas, organized group projects may be available for you to join – check our Facebook page in the future to see if there’s one near you. You can also follow us on @Firewise and join the conversation at #WildfirePrepDay.

With a few months to go before the big day, we’ll have lots of new information to share including updated project sites, project ideas, safety tips, templates, flyers and more. Visit our 2014 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day webpage regularly for the latest news and resources. 

What are you waiting for? Do something GREAT – be a local champion, and get started today!

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