Evacuation Drills, Firewise Gardens and Chippers oh my!

Blog Post created by cathyprudhomme Employee on May 8, 2015

Photo collage from Frank Riley     Photo Credit: Frank Riley- Chestatee/Chattahoochee RC&D Council, Towns County, GA

Residents and stakeholders across the U.S. embraced national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The dedication and passion demonstrated by thousands of individuals increased preparedness, reduced risk and raised awareness to a new level. Activities brought hundreds of neighbors together and encouraged collaborative actions in an effort to protect individual homes, neighborhoods and entire communities from future wildfire risk or current post-fire impacts. More than 140 projects were undertaken throughout the nation in that single day, all of which will make both local residents and firefighters safer when wildfires happen.

This past week participants have shared photos, video and details on their PrepDay activities. Similar to a kid in a candy store trying to make a decision, I’ve spent a ton of time trying to decide which ones to highlight and share on It was just too hard to narrow it done to only a few, so starting May 14 and over the next few months we’ll be changing out the photos every few weeks to let you see the range of activities that occurred in hundreds of communities. Visit the page frequently and give them a look! Trust me, you'll be impressed with what was accomplished and you may even find one that you want to undertake during next year’s Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Saturday, May 7, 2016.