Photo shared by April Hale from Stevensville, Montana
People are telling us what they did on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. The best part of their incredible stories is the fact that they had fun, while at the same time creating safer neighborhoods. Francis Reynolds from New Mexico told me, “It was fun, and we got a lot done.” Activities completed on the day included helping seniors, cleaning up roadways, scouts helping with neighborhood clean-up, families working together, seniors maintaining common areas and more.
It was heartwarming to know that fire departments got the help they needed, cities were able to help senior residents be safer, and hear stories about how neighborhoods worked together and not only created safer places to live but grew bonds of friendship, all on the same day.
A wonderful saying shared with me by one of the communities that participated on the day by Ralph Waldo Emerson summarized what many of these hard working folks shared with me, “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Many of them had such a great time working and yes, having fun together on Prep Day that they want to continue working on wildfire safety projects throughout the year.
Photo shared by Gayle Ehlman in Ryderwood, Washington
NFPA appreciates the support received from State Farm to provide the awards to 150 community and individual projects in 36 states from across the United States. These people have made a difference working together on projects that reduce their risk of loss. Many other communities also participated in this grass roots wildfire safety effort. We will be sharing some of their stories soon. Check out the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day page for success stories today. Tell us how you participated!
Photo shared by Frances Reynolds in San Cristóbal, New Mexico