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2020

Could you use a little financial help for a  Wildfire Community Preparedness Day project?  Don't delay, apply today!  Get funding for a project or event on May 2 during NFPA's national campaign, thanks to generous support from State Farm. The application period for $500 project awards closes in just one week, on Friday, February 28, 2020.

What can you do with $500? Use it to do a project or put on an event on May 2 where residents can work together on wildfire safety. Participation helps create a sense of community, where neighbors begin to look out for each other.  Wildfire Community Preparedness Day projects can also help strengthen relationships between residents and the local fire department, land management agencies, community leaders and elected officials.


NFPA has provided many resources to help you get started and be successful. Start with the new Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Toolkit! From picking a project to tracking progress and promoting the event, the toolkit provides a number of great resources to guide you through the process and your journey to wildfire preparedness.  

Register now for NFPA's Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire two-day classroom training in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 12-13. This class will provide valuable skills and knowledge to help you in your wildfire safety mission.

 

Nevada, California,  and other western states have experienced large, destructive wildfires in the past few years that have led to thousands of destroyed homes and businesses. The time is NOW for fire service, facility managers, and insurance and realty professionals to learn how to identify and prevent ignition risks to homes. 


Learn the science behind how homes ignite from wildfire. More importantly, find out the best ways to advise property owners about actions that will help prevent ignition and reduce the chances of home destruction during a brush or forest fire. 

 

Discover what others have learned. According to one captain/paramedic, “I thought I wanted to learn about structure triage. What I got was a new mindset concerning how to approach wildland fire (operational) and people (social).”

Another fire captain commented, “I am better prepared to assess WUI properties and communicate hazards to community members.”

 

Don't delay - register today and join your colleagues and expert instructor in Las Vegas!  

 

One of the things I love about the Firewise USA program is how it encourages people to work together and can bring about partnerships that might not have been considered in the past.  State and federal agencies collaborate with local fire districts, conservation districts, fire safe councils, and many other organizations that have the capacity and willingness to learn to deliver the program, and the drive to help their community decrease their risk from wildfire. 

 

Building those relationships and programs can be difficult, but sometimes all you need is a little information on where to begin.  Kelsi Mottet with Whidbey Island Conservation District shares an excellent learning opportunity for folks who are looking to get involved in wildfire preparedness and provides tips on how to build your network and program. 

 

Professional development resource for fire experts: Tips for developing a successful wildfire preparedness program, models from Washington state

So, you have a community in your area who has approached you to get a wildfire preparedness program started. Where should you begin? Watch this recent webinar presented in December 2019 that shares two models in Washington state that have proven successful, both for those new to creating effective programs and those seasoned. When it comes to successfully supporting communities in wildfire preparedness initiatives, the key to success is in the development of effective partnerships that are tailored on a local level. This webinar was developed by Washington state’s Cascadia Conservation District, Whidbey Island Conservation District, and the Washington Department of Natural Resources Wildfire Northwest and Southeast Regions, and was nationally broadcasted through the National Association of Conservation Districts Urban and Community (U & C) webinar series, sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and U & C Resource Policy Group. View the webinar at https://youtu.be/O36Md6Lhbf4 .

 

Are you ready to build your wildfire preparedness program?  Check out Firewise.org for information and resources to share with your community today!

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