Funds to support community wildfire risk reduction projects during May 2 event
March 12, 2015 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm® today announced the winners of the Wildfire Preparedness Day Project Award Contest. A total of 65 projects were selected from more than 300 entries that spanned 37 states.
The contest, in conjunction with NFPA’s second annual national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day event on May 2, 2015, was created to 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.
As a co-sponsor of Preparedness Day, State Farm, with its long history of providing proactive wildfire safety education to its policyholders in high-risk regions, will provide monetary awards of $500 each to help fund these winning community projects.
To enter the contest, residents provided a brief description of the proposed project, and how the State Farm award will fund the project that would begin or be completed on May 2, 2015. Descriptions included how groups or individuals would work toward reducing the risk of wildfire or the impact of a recent wildfire, or advance preparedness for wildfire in the community.
Wildland fires are a serious threat to lives and property. The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) cites more than 72,000 U.S. communities are at risk from wildfire. The combination of drought, mild temperatures, high winds and an excess of dried vegetation in forests and grasslands has made fire seasons progressively worse over the past 50 years.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), more than 63,000 fires burned over 3.5 million acres in 2014; 2012 saw one of the worst fire seasons in decades with over nine million acres burned.
For more information about national Wildfire Preparedness Day and the contest winners, please visit www.wildfireprepday.org.
About State Farm®
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve over 82 million policies and accounts – nearly 80 million auto, home, life, health and commercial policies, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 41 on the 2014 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit https://www.statefarm.com/.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.
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