Three opportunities available to communities and residents involved in wildfire disaster preparedness activities

Blog Post created by faithberry Employee on Sep 15, 2017

Photo shared by William Boetner Austin, Texas 2017 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day


Just recently, I have been made aware of three opportunities for communities and community members who are involved in wildfire preparedness activities that I would like to share.  These opportunities may be helpful to residents in wildfire-prone areas.


 1. The application period for an award opportunity for “Youth Who Stand Strong Against Disasters” is open until Wednesday, September 20, 2017.


As the nation responds to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma as well as the wildfires in the Western U.S.,YSA’s Youth Stand Strong Against Disasters awards program will recognize and support youth who are responding to recent disasters.


They are looking for creative and innovative ideas from youth who are providing immediate relief to those affected by recent disasters, supporting long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts, and helping prepare their own communities for disasters. Awards of $250, $500, and $1,000 will be awarded in each of three categories:

  • Disaster Relief
  • Disaster Recovery & Rebuilding
  • Disaster Preparedness

Please share with your networks. All youth, ages 5-25, in the United States are eligible to apply. Nonprofits, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, faith-based organizations, and local government organizations are also eligible to apply on behalf of a youth-led project, it will recognize young people who are standing strong against disasters.  


Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, September 20 at 5 PM Eastern time. Apply at 


2. The application for a training opportunity for women interested in a career in wildland firefighting open until Monday, September 18, 2017.


 Los Padres National Forest in California is hosting the 2017 Women Wildfire Basic Training Camp.  The deadline to apply is Monday, September 18, 2017.  To learn more about this great opportunity, please go to the Los Padres National Forest website page


 If you have questions, please contact the Los Padres National Forest: (805) 605-4995 Office (805) 680-4559.  According to their notice, “Last year the Los Padres National Forest hosted its third annual Women in Wildfire Training Camp.   Twenty-three participants were selected and successfully completed the training camp. At least fourteen of the twenty-three graduates have been selected and offered firefighting positions throughout the west coast.” View this exciting video from last year’s training camp to learn more! 


3. The 2017-2018 Community Planning for Wildfire Assistance (CPAW) application open until September 29, 2017.


The 2017-2018 COMMUNITY PLANNING ASSISTANCE for WILDFIRE (CPAW) application process is open until September 29, 2017, 5 pm MT. Applications and program information is available on the CPAW website:


According to the notice, CPAW is a national program funded by the US Forest Service and private foundations that is managed by Headwaters Economics and Wildfire Planning International.  CPAW provides free consulting services to selected communities to deliver voluntary land use planning recommendations which address the wildland-urban interface.  Communities will be selected for funding to receive the service on a competitive basis.  Only applications demonstrating support from both the community’s planning and fire departments will be considered. Any town, city, or county having jurisdiction over local land use and zoning requirements can apply.