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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has launched the Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire (#YLLDW) with funding from State Farm.  This yearlong campaign is aimed at helping to keep wildfire preparedness and safety priorities for people living in, and fire departments working in, high wildfire risk areas. 

There are three themes as part of this year-long campaign:  Plan, Act and Embrace.  The campaign and its partners will be promoting neighborhood activities, information resources, workshops and success stories across the NFPA website, Facebook pages, and Twitter and blog feeds. Learn how you can play a part in this critical preparedness campaign.  The NFPA is looking forward to partnering with State Farm and with you through this campaign to make your home and community more resilient in the event of a wildfire.  Think about how you would like to participate to make a difference locally.

Check out the Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire web page for ideas, tips and tools. And let us know how YOU plan to live less dangerously from wildfire this year!


In the winter issue of the Firewise How-to Newsletter, Elaine Bush, MSU Extension educator for Manistee County, Mich., discusses how a bulletin created by the MSU Extension provides information to residents looking for ways to reduce the risk of plants igniting during a wildfire.

She explains that using fire-resistant plants can help reduce the chances of a homes igniting during a wildfire, though reminds us that all plants will burn if they become dry enough and are exposed to enough heat. 

Along with the bulletin, Michigan Firewise staff member Brad Neumann developed a document that offers sample zoning language that could be incorporated into a community's zoning ordinance to address wildfire mitigation in response to homeowners and local officials who asked what further measures could be taken to protect their communities.

Read the full article in the How-to Newsletter.

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Activities of all types that increase wildfire awareness, improve risk factors, or post-fire impacts and implemented on the second annual national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, May 2, 2015, are eligible to receive one of sixty-five $500 project funding awards. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 5 and applications must be received by 11:59pm ET. Monetary support for the project awards was generously provided by State Farm.

Applying for a project funding award is easy; the process is simple and takes only a few minutes to complete. To be eligible, applicants must provide a short overview that outlines the project’s details, the resulting benefits, along with a description of how, where and who will be implementing the activity on Saturday, May 2.

After submitting an application participants are encouraged to solicit support for their project from friends, family and neighbors by asking them to vote for their favorite project idea using the “Vote Now” feature on and the Firewise Facebook page. An NFPA panel will review applications and select sixty-five project award recipients. A project’s total # of votes will be considered in NFPA’s final determination of the applications selected to receive a funding award. For official rules visit Recipients will be announced Monday, March 10, 2015. 

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to participate in a risk reduction or preparedness activity that makes their community a safer place to live. In 2014, individual projects completed on the designated day covered a wide-range of activities and were implemented by a diverse size of participants ranging from a single individual, to a group of high school students and entire neighborhoods. Last year’s grassroots efforts included an array of actions that increased risk awareness levels and brought neighbors and stakeholders together to improve an area's preparedness and resiliency; while also making it safer for firefighters to defend homes in a future wildfire.

Visit and check out the promotional templates and materials that can be used to promote activities. There’s even an extensive list of potential project ideas to help get you started, or browse through the 2014 project photo album and get motivated by seeing last year's accomplishments. Start coordinating a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day project/event today!  


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