The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm have announced the launch of the project funding awards application period for its’ fifth national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 5, which helps communities prepare for and reduce their risk of wildfire damage.
State Farm is providing funding to NFPA for the Preparedness Day event and a portion will be awarded to 150 neighborhood wildfire risk reduction projects being implemented May 5. Preparedness Day gives people of all ages a chance to plan and participate in a risk reduction or wildfire preparedness activity that makes their community a safer place to live.
A free webinar, “Completing a Successful Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Funding Application,” will be held 2:30 p.m., Jan.18. Project applications can be submitted through March 2.
During Preparedness Day 2017, more than 400 projects were undertaken in 37 states and 150 recipients received funding from State Farm for activities that helped make residents and firefighters safer when wildfires happen.
According to reports, on average, wildfires burn twice as much land area each year as they did 40 years ago, and the threat continues to increase. In 2017, California saw its largest fire in history, the Thomas Fire, burn over 273,000 acres and claim the lives of two people, including a firefighter. Wildfires once described by “seasons” are now burning earlier and later in the year across the U.S.
For more information about national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, funding awards, project ideas and free resources to download, visit wildfireprepday.org.