While most folks are busy counting the days until Christmas or New Years, our team in the wildland fire division at NFPA have been counting down the days until the arrival of the January 11 kickoff of the 2016 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day campaign.
In 2016, the day dedicated to nationwide wildfire risk reduction efforts is Saturday, May 7; and in the spirit of the season we're excited to announce that the number of project funding awards for 2016 has been increased to 125, almost double the 65 previously provided to recipients in 2015.
And yes, you read that correctly, there will be one hundred and twenty-five $500 project funding awards distributed throughout the U.S. to implement projects on May 7. That's $62,500 dedicated to local education, awareness and mitigation efforts.
Start talking now with residents and community groups to develop a wildfire risk reduction or post-fire project that benefits your community. Find easy-to-do project ideas geared for most age groups at WildfirePrepDay.org or customize one to meet the specific needs in your area. Donate a couple of hours or an entire day and make where you live a safer place on May 7.
Funding applications will be accepted from January 11 through February 28, 2016. Check back in a few weeks and get lots of great free resources to plan and promote your project!