If you haven’t heard, as part of this year's America's PrepareAthon, FEMA is kicking off its first National Day of Action on April 30, 2014. The year-long PrepareAthon campaign provides an important opportunity for individuals, organizations and communities to prepare for specific hazards including tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and wildfire. Through drills, group discussions and exercises, residents can increase emergency preparedness awareness in their communities, and encourage their neighbors to make preparedness part of their daily lives.
This preparedness concept is of course, near and dear to our hearts at NFPA. As you have heard, we will be launching our first national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 3. And while at first glance, this may seem a little confusing, having both events launch so close together, and you may think, hmmm, my community couldn’t possibly do both, well, we think both the PrepareAthon/Day of Action and Wildfire Community Preparedness Day form the most perfect union.
Are you participating in the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day campaign on May 3? Or maybe you have planned an activity for April 30,, the Day of Action? Well, there may just be a way to participate in both!
Here’s what I mean … does your Wildfire Community Preparedness Day activity call for two stages? Consider doing Phase 1 on April 30 and Phase 2 on May 3. Or maybe you use April 30 as a day to organize – getting together all of your supplies, signage, etc. ready for May 3. Perhaps you target April 30 as the day you blanket your community with flyers, send messages through social media or create discussion forums online with like-minded community members about wildfire safety and risk reduction activities happening in your neighborhood. No matter how you slice it, there’s never only one day to prepare – reducing our wildfire risk requires everyone’s involvement many times a year.
Take a moment to learn more about FEMA’s Day of Action and their year-long PrepareAthon campaign. And don’t forget, the deadline to submit your project to the NFPA/State Farm Preparedness Day project contest is Wednesday, March 19.
As always, we want to hear from you! Tell us how the planning is going and share with our wildfire community the work you plan to do on April 30 and May 3!