Communities around the country are getting ready for NFPA’s Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 5.
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is a national campaign that encourages people to come together on a single day to take action to reduce their wildfire risk.
The National Fire Protection Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and reducing loss from fire and electrical hazards, manages Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. State Farm provides generous financial support for 150 project awards in an annual contest. Many national organizations help promote Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, including FEMA, U.S. Fire Administration, NOAA, the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Fire Safe Councils, the National Association of Granges, the National Association of State Foresters, and the American Red Cross.
According to research from Verisk, 4.5 million U.S. homes were identified at high or extreme risk of wildfire, with more than 2 million in California alone. Losses from wildfires added up to $5.1 billion over the past 10 years. In 2017, there were 66,131 wildfires and 9.8 million acres were burned.
To find out more about participating or promoting an event for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 5, visit https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/National-Wildfire-Community-Preparedness-Day