First, a big shout out to all of those who participated in Wildfire Community Preparedness Day! We are always in awe of the number of people and organizations that use the day to take action to make a difference in their community. Many of our friends in different states and organizations are continuing their campaigns throughout the month of May. Whether you are a resident, fire department, or other wildfire risk reduction partner, there are tools and resources to help you out. Here are a few of the efforts, but not an exhaustive list.
The RSG! Program, managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), has created a series of challenges with their 'Are YOU Wildfire Ready' campaign. RSG members and organizations are encouraged to share these challenges with their communities. They are starting with our favorite topic - completing actions in the Immediate (0-5 foot) Zone, right around the base of your home.
The following are a few of the states participating in a long-standing, multi state effort of Wildfire Awareness Month. Be sure to check out their websites and follow their social media pages for tips and resource throughout May.
- Coloradans are being challenged each week to #befireadapted. Check out their Facebook page and the word document attached for more information
- In Nevada the theme is "Wildfire Knows No Boundaries, Make Yours." Living with Fire is posting tips on their Twitter to help Nevadans improve their home's chances of surviving a wildfire.
- In Oregon residents are being encouraged to take action around their homes. Kris Babbs, of Keep Oregon Green, and Tom Fields, Oregon Department of Forestry, share some excellent tips in a new video, How to Make Your Home and Property Fire Safe.
- Idaho wildfire response agencies are asking everyone to be extra vigilant this season and to their part to reduce the number of human caused fires. In light of COVID-19 and the impact on fire response resources, this is especially important.
Remember that wildfire safety is a journey, not a destination and there is still more work to be done. Continue to build on your efforts to improve your home and community's chances of surviving a wildfire. Also, wildfires aren't limited to the west. Be sure to check in with your state's wildfire agency for updates on current news, events, and tips on how you can be a part of the wildfire solution.
As we navigate the evolving situation with COVID-19, NFPA remains committed to supporting you with the resources you need to minimize risk and help prevent loss, injuries, and death from fire, electrical, and other hazards. For information on NFPA’s response to the coronavirus, please visit our webpage.