September 1, 2015 -- The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced the launch of its TakeAction campaign that targets middle and high school students living in areas with wildfire risks. The campaign highlights important information about wildfire risks to life and property. Through TakeAction, students can use educational resources to implement local grassroots community service projects that increase resident safety and improve a home’s likelihood of surviving a wildfire.
According to NFPA’s 2012 report, “Engaging Youth in Reducing Wildfire Risk – Community Conversation Workshop Findings and Research,” it’s estimated that more than 8 million students in grades 6 – 12 live in a U.S. wildland/urban interface community (WUI). Research shows that youth are a valuable resource in bringing information into their homes and being active participants in projects related to risk reduction. School and club community service projects directly benefit the people, wildlife and neighborhoods where youth live. By taking part in proactive service projects, participants can make important contributions in their area to reduce wildfire risks and mitigate post-fire impacts like flooding and mudslides.
In addition to the educational resources available through the TakeAction campaign, U.S. residents ages 13 – 22 who complete a wildfire risk reduction or post-fire project and submit an application
are eligible to receive one of twenty $500 Community Service Funding Awards. Sponsored by State Farm, the funding awards are part of NFPA’s 2015 Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire
outreach effort. Winning applicants can use the award toward future educational costs, or it can be donated to the charitable organization of their choice. The deadline to submit applications is November 15, 2015.
This whiteboard animation video provides important information that increases middle and high school age students’ knowledge about wildfire and introduces them to the TakeAction campaign.
State Farm has a long history of providing proactive wildfire safety education to its policyholders in high-risk regions. In the last two years, State Farm has teamed up with NFPA to co-sponsor national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, providing monetary awards to 85 community recipients to help fund local wildfire risk reduction projects.
TakeAction proudly supports FEMA’s America’s PrepareAthon on September 30, a national campaign that encourages residents to plan, conduct and promote preparedness activities for all natural disasters, including wildfire. By participating in both America’s PrepareAthon and TakeAction, young people can make contributions towards ensuring that their community is a safer place to live.
Find additional resources and learn more about the TakeAction campaign and the State Farm-sponsored Community Service Funding Awards at www.nfpa.org/takeaction.
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)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.
Contact: Lorraine Carli, Public Affairs Office: +1 617 984-7275