Wildfire Community Preparedness Day application deadline looms

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm announced the launch of the project funding awards application period for its third national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 7, 2016, 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 125 neighborhood wildfire risk reduction projects being implemented on Saturday, May 7th.

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.

Project applications can be submitted through February 28th. Get more information from www.wildfireprepday.org on how to apply for an award.

Every year, wildfires burn across the U.S. and more and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk.

Nearly 45 million homes abut or intermingle with grasslands, forests and wildlands, and more than 72,000 U.S. communities are threatened by wildfire.

Preparedness Day continues to help inform, increase mitigation, reduce risk and raise awareness about wildfire safety among residents who live in high-risk wildfire areas.

During Preparedness Day 2015, more than 140 projects were undertaken in 27 states, and 65 recipients received funding from State Farm for activities that helped make residents and firefighters safer when wildfires happen.

“Working with State Farm on the 2016 Preparedness Day event is exciting,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “The event helps empower and encourage residents to take action with regard to fire safety. Now in its third year, it’s inspiring to see the number of projects and people involved continue to grow.”

Wildfire hazard is a growing threat to communities throughout the United States.

The combination of drought, mild temperatures and an excess of dried vegetation in forests and grasslands has made fire seasons progressively worse over the past 50 years.

According to reports, the 2015 wildfire season was one of the worst on record, burning more than 10 million acres, an area roughly the size of Massachusetts and Connecticut combined.

A report in Nature Communications states that over the past 35 years, fire seasons have gotten longer, and the area burned by wildfires has doubled.

For more information about national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, funding awards, project ideas and free resources to download, please visit www.wildfireprepday.org.


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