With the Firewise Challenge completed and Preparedness Day around the corner, NFPA is really excited
to announce that State Farm®, a leading provider of home insurance in the U.S., is generously providing monetary support for both campaigns. State Farm has a long history of proactive wildfire safety education to its policyholders in high-risk regions, including the use of Firewise materials and concepts. NFPA and the Wildland Fire Operations Division is incredibly pleased to partner with State Farm on these important campaigns!
As you know, the Firewise Challenge is a campaign that began in 2013 as a way to encourage increased neighborhood participation in the national Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program. Communities in the five states with the most participation will receive $5,000 each provided by the State Farm grant to implement safety projects including chipping of brush, removal of vegetative material and similar activities that will reduce wildfire hazards. Five additional communities will receive a runner-up prize of $900 to use on safety gear, tools or mitigation projects.
Visit the Firewise Challenge webpage to learn who the winners are!
The second major campaign focusing on wildfire education is the first nationwide Wildfire Community Preparedness Day slated to take place on May 3, 2014. The national Preparedness Day gives people of all ages a chance to participate in a risk reduction or wildfire preparedness activity that makes their community a safer place to live. A portion of the State Farm grant funding will be awarded to 20 neighborhood wildfire safety projects being implemented during the May 3rd event.
Information about Preparedness Day and how you can get involved can be found at www.wildfireprepday.org.
Read the entire press release about State Farm’s generous support of NFPA's wildfire campaigns and join us as we strive to hit all wildfire disasters out of the park!