Throughout April and May, FEMA is promoting their America’s PrepareAthon! campaign and highlighting hazard-specific weeks with tools and resources you can use to help prepare for these natural disasters.
With that in mind, it just makes sense that you mark FEMA's Wildfire Awareness Week (May 1 - 7) and draw a big red circle around Saturday, May 7, NFPA’s national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day event (Prep Day) in your calendar. Why? Because if you live in one of the 72,000 high-risk wildfire communities in the U.S., this is the perfect week to join together with the hundreds of other residents who are also using this time to raise awareness, organize projects, educate friends and neighbors and focus on making their homes and neighborhoods safer places to live.
Did you know that the PrepareAthon! and Prep Day naturally go hand in hand? Of course they do! Consider that whatever great projects you are planning (or will start working on) to prepare your home, neighborhood and community from wildfire during the PrepareAthon! campaign, you can carry forward and begin working on or continue to work on, on Prep Day. Not sure how to start? Visit the PrepareAthon page to find out where wildfire preparedness events are happening in your area, connect with other communities, or find customizable resources you can share. NFPA also has a great project ideas list that you can download easily and share with friends, neighbors and family, along with other great resources you’ll find helpful as you organize your activity.
Need more information? Don't forget that NFPA will be hosting a Prep Day Twitter Chat (#WildfirePrepDay) tomorrow, Wednesday, April 6 at 11 AM MT (1 PM EST) with special guests from State Farm, the FAC Learning Network, U.S. Fire Administration, America’s PrepareAthon! and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. Get project ideas, learn about resources to help you promote your PrepareAthon and Prep Day projects, share accomplishments, and so much more.
Join us, won’t you? And use May 1 - 7 as a catalyst to get you up and moving, thinking about and working on the many things you can do to help make your home and neighborhood safer from wildfire.