Wildfire safety preparedness is something that we all have a part to play no matter who we are. Communities across the country have come together to work on wildfire risk reduction projects that have made a difference. Their stories serve as an inspiration to others, that wildfire safety project work can be merely a matter of elbow grease and good old fashioned neighborhood participation. Thanks to a generous donation from State Farm 150 communities from across the United States will get $500 to use on a wildfire safety project along with a beautiful free 3 foot by 5 foot banner to promote what they are doing.
Last year one of the $500 award winners Falls Creek in Durango, Colorado survived the 416 Fire due in large part to the wildfire safety project work completed by the community both to their homes and the landscape immediately surrounding their homes. Their work was applauded in the Inci Web report for the fire by the supervising fire officer.
Will you be a wildfire safety superstar this year? This is your chance to tell others what you are doing on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. Map your wildfire safety project on the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day page for free to let others know where your project is so they can jump in and give you a hand.
Don’t know where to start? Check out this handy, free downloadable toolkit. In it you’ll find a project idea checklist, a beautiful, downloadable, fillable flyer to advertise the day, and a safety tip sheet to help keep you and your volunteers protected. Want to get a shout out to promote what you are doing locally? Check out a fillable proclamation you can share with local elected officials.
Let this be the year you take action! The role that you play, no matter who you are, can make a difference. Participate in Wildfire Prep Day and be a part of creating safer communities and tell us what you are doing. Be a wildfire safety hero.
Photo credit: Top - Bustins Island Wildfire Prep Day event, Faith Berry; Right - Wildfire prep day activity courtesy of April Van Hale