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Friday, March 7, 2014



Join communities throughout the U.S. on Saturday, May 3, 2014 as NFPA launches its first National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day! 
Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and watch as your actions positively contribute to reducing your community’s wildfire risk. Challenge your friends, your family, relatives, faith-based group or youth organization to develop a project and join others throughout the nation in making big changes. Your efforts will help raise wildfire awareness, promote collaboration and bring neighbors together to work on projects that can help protect homes, neighborhoods and entire communities from future wildfire risk or current post-fire impacts.
NFPA is pleased to announce State Farm®, the largest home insurer in the United States, has provided funding to assist with our Preparedness Day outreach and promotional efforts, in addition to providing monetary awards of $500 to 20 individual projects that will be undertaken during the May 3 event. State Farm has a long history of proactive wildfire safety education to its policyholders in high-risk regions and NFPA is proud to partner with State Farm on this national wildfire safety event!
   Watch our webinar
   Video: Learn about the Wildfire Community Preparedness
   Day and how you can get involved.
Enter the contest
Want to get involved? Have a project idea? Here’s how to enter the NFPA/State Farm neighborhood project contest:
  1. There are two ways to visit the NFPA/State Farm Wildfire Preparedness Day Neighborhood Project Award Promotion contest app powered by SnapApp:
  2. From either location, you may post your neighborhood’s planned activity (or activities). Include your name and potential participants, your contact information, city and state, and how you will use the project funding on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. The deadline to post your project idea is March, 19, 2014.
  3. Encourage your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to vote for your project idea through the contest app on the website or NFPA’s Firewise Facebook page. Vote for your favorite project between now and March 19, 2014.
  4. Votes will be considered in NFPA’s final determination of the winning project ideas. The top 20 project ideas will receive $500 each to be used to fund their May 3, 2014 project.
Not sure what projects are right for your neighborhood? Check out our project ideas list (PDF, 26 KB) and safety tips and safety gear guidelines(PDF, 192 KB)
Read the complete rules and guidelines for the NFPA/State Farm Wildfire Preparedness Day Neighborhood Project Award Contest.
We have the resources you need to get started
What are you waiting for? Do something GREAT – be a local champion, and get started today. We have a handful of great resources for you to use. Check out our flyers, postcards and other materials to help bring your family, friends and neighbors together.
Put your project on the map
We know you are as excited about Preparedness Day as we are! So, demonstrate your commitment to wildfire preparedness by adding your May 3 project to the nationwide event map. It’s easy to do and in less than two minutes you’ll be able to proudly share your community’s project. Join others throughout the nation making their communities a safer place. 
NFPA, Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) and State Farm are pleased to support the 2014 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day campaign, but have not assessed or evaluated any of the community projects, activities or initiatives. Recognition of any kind in no way implies endorsement or approval of a project, its safety or effectiveness, and the supporters disclaim all liability in connection with any such project, activity or initiative.


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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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