Photo from last year: Volunteers in Durango worked on weed management and clearing in a local park.

Topic: Communications / Outreach Type: Meeting / Event

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Project Awards

Authors: Emily Troisi

The second annual National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day will take place on May 2, 2015. Many organizations choose to do activities to promote awareness within their communities, and this year State Farm is providing funding to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to give out 65 awards worth $500 each!

Several FAC Learning Network communities participated in the inaugural event last year. For tips and advice on making the most of this opportunity, see this post by Michelle Medley-Daniel.

Do you have a fun or interesting project planned for your Wildfire Community Preparedness Day? Read the announcement for qualifications, and apply by March 5, 11:59 pm EST for your chance to win an award. Please see the rest of the announcement below:

“Plan a wildfire awareness, risk reduction, or post-fire improvement project for the second annual national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day May 2, 2015, and your activity could receive one of sixty-five $500 project funding awards. Monetary support for the project awards and additional outreach efforts was generously provided by State Farm.

 Applying for a project funding award is easy and only takes a few minutes to complete. To be eligible applicants need to provide a short overview outlining the project’s details and describing the resulting benefits, along with a description of how, where and who will be implementing the activity on May 2. Applications can be submitted through Thursday, March 5, at 11:59pm ET.

 After submitting an application participants are encouraged to solicit support for their project from friends, family and neighbors by asking them to vote for their favorite project idea using the “Vote Now” feature on WildfirePrepDay.org and the Firewise Facebook page. An NFPA panel will review applications and select sixty-five project award recipients. A project’s total # of votes will be considered in NFPA’s final determination of the applications selected to receive a funding award. For official rules visit WildfirePrepDay.org. Recipients will be announced Monday, March 10, 2015. 

The number of awards being distributed this year is a 325% increase over those provided in 2014 when twenty projects nationwide were recipients.

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day provides an opportunity for people of all ages to participate in a risk reduction or preparedness activity that makes their community a safer place to live. In 2014, individual projects completed on the day covered a wide-range of activities involving from a few people, to large groups and entire homeowner associations. The myriad of grassroots efforts last year included an array of actions that increased risk awareness levels and brought neighbors and stakeholders together to improve an area’s preparedness and resiliency; while also making it safer for firefighters to defend homes in a future wildfire.

Visit WildfirePrepDay.org and check out the promotional templates and materials that can be used to promote activities. There’s even an extensive list of potential project ideas to help get you started, or browse through the 2014 project photo album and get motivated by seeing last year’s accomplishments. Start coordinating a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day project/event today”  

Did you have a great event last year that brought out a lot of support or increased wildfire awareness in your community? Let us know in the comments below!

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