Fire Safety – Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
Wildfires across the United States have taken more than 100 lives and cost more than $25 billion dollars in property losses in just the last two years. That’s why it’s so important to take steps to improve the wildfire safety of your home and community.
Become a wildfire safety hero! Begin your journey towards wildfire preparedness by getting involved or organizing a wildfire safety project on May 4, 2019.
Encourage local participation!
You can help promote wildfire safety by encouraging residents to work together on a project or event. 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. See a list of possible projects.
Want to get started?
We have the tools to get you and your community off and running with your own project for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day:
- Download the National Fire Protection Association’s toolkit, which includes checklists, key steps, safety tips, and much more.
- Distribute the NFPA fact sheet (PDF) to let people know more about your event.
- Download a save the date flyer. (PDF)
- NEW! Get guidelines for capturing images that tell your story (PDF).
- NEW! Use this news release template (docx) to announce your community’s participation.
- One of the criteria for becoming a Firewise USA® recognized site requires participating in an annual wildfire risk reduction project. Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is a great time to start. Contact your state liaison to begin a community wildfire risk assessment (PDF) to identify and guide your priorities and activities for Prep Day and throughout the year.