This week, a review panel cloistered themselves for an entire day in NFPA's Wildland Fire Division's Denver field office where they ranked close to 300 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day project funding award applications from 40 states. The panel was tasked with selecting 125 projects that would receive a $500 funding award to implement activities on Saturday, May 7, for national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. The group agreed the task was daunting since each application provided value and benefits to individuals and communities.The monetary awards were sponsored by State Farm, a co-sponsor of the third annual campaign.
Project submissions covered a broad range of activities and the review panel had difficulty narrowing it down to only 125 recipients. Applicants provided a brief description of their proposed project and how the funding would be used to reduce the risk of a wildfire, the impact(s) of a recent wildfire, or advance preparedness for wildfires.
The funding awards are one component of the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day which was developed to raise awareness, promote collaboration and bring residents together to implement projects that can help protect homes, neighborhoods and entire communities from future wildfire risks and post-fire impacts; while increasing safety for both residents and firefighters.
Funding recipients are from AL; AK; AZ; AR; CA; CO; CT; FL; GA; HI; ID; IL; KS, ME; MA; MI; MN; MT; NV; NH; NJ; NM; NC; OH; OK; OR; PA; RI; SC; SD; TN; TX; UT; VA; WA and WY.