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Sign up to attend Spotlight on Public Education (SOPE) on Tuesday, September 14!

The fifth annual Spotlight on Public Education (SOPE) is less than one week away! The one-day online program will address some of the leading challenges and opportunities facing today’s fire departments and public safety educators working to mitigate fire and life safety risks in their communities. The day will feature nine in-depth educational sessions, along with industry roundtable discussions, networking opportunities, live chat sessions, sponsor demonstrations, and more. A wide range of issues and topics will be covered, such as the critical importance of inclusiveness among multiple populations, demographics, and age groups; tips and tricks for implementing successful fire and life safety programs in today’s virtual and hybrid environments; and the reasoning behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week™ theme, to name just a few. Attendees can tune in live to earn up to five credit hours (0.5 CEU) and earn an additional five credit hours on-demand for a total of 10 credit hours (1.0 CEU). Alternatively, the content can all be viewed on-demand for a total of 10 credit hours (1.0 CEU). All programs will be available on-demand for up to a year starting on September 14. Register for Spotlight on Public Education (SOPE) today and check out the full list of presentations offered. Also, the BOGO offer to attend SOPE has been extended, so make sure to use the code EARLYBIRD125 to attend the conference and invite a friend at no cost!
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September is National Preparedness Month! Share information and resources with your community to help them stay safe from hurricanes, thunderstorms, wildfires and other natural disasters

While hurricane season began June 1 and ends in late November, according to the National Weather Service, most storms peak in late September and October, when the likelihood of hurricanes, thunderstorms, wildfires, and other natural disasters significantly increases across many areas of the U.S. You need look no further than the past couple of weeks to see the damage and disruption incurred by hurricanes Ida, Henri, and Fred along the east and gulf coasts. And it's not just hurricanes or wildfires that make the news: the Plains and Great Lake regions often start their battle with freezing conditions and snowfall during the fall months. Ready, a national public service campaign, has earmarked September as National Preparedness Month and urges all those who are tasked with protecting people and property from fire, electrical, and related hazards, to work together, help educate, and empower the public to prepare, respond to, and mitigate emergencies before they become tragedies. The theme for this year's campaign, “Prepare to Protect,” reminds everyone that being better prepared before, during, and after an emergency is key to getting our lives back to normal as quickly as possible. NFPA has a wealth of information to help public educators prepare ahead of weather events and other emergencies in their areas: A fact sheet and related information provides residents and businesses with easy wildfire risk reduction steps they can do around their homes and buildings to make them safer from wildfire and blowing embers. An escape plan activity sheet helps families prepare and practice an escape plan in case of a fire in the home. An emergency supplies kit checklist provides a list of items a family may need in case of an evacuation due to an emergency weather event. A tip sheet provides the facts and steps homeowners can take to safely use portable generators in the event homes lose power after a storm. With so much “weather” happening across the country, the time to start preparing communities is now. Make Preparedness Month the jump start you need to put plans in place. For these and other related information sources, visit www.nfpa.org/disaster and ready.gov/September.
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Domino’s Fire Prevention Week sweepstakes begins now through August 30: Sign up to participate!

NFPA® and Domino’s® are teaming up for the 14th year in a row to deliver fire safety messages and pizza during Fire Prevention Week™ (FPW™), October 3 -9. To make this year’s campaign a success, we’re encouraging fire departments to join forces with their local Domino’s store to implement the campaign in their communities. Here’s how the program works: Partner with your local Domino’s store to participate in an easy-to-execute program that will promote fire safety during FPW. Select a day and time period (usually 2-3 hours) to randomly choose one to three pizza orders to deliver aboard a fire engine. The participating Domino’s delivery expert will follow the fire engine in his or her car. When the pizza delivery arrives, the firefighters will check the home for working smoke alarms. If the smoke alarms work, the customer’s order is free (cost absorbed by the Domino’s store). If the smoke alarms aren’t working, the fire department will replace the batteries or install fully functioning smoke alarms (cost absorbed by the fire department). This year’s FPW campaign theme, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety™,” coordinates seamlessly with the Domino’s program, presenting a fun but powerful way to reinforce its smoke alarm messaging. Fire departments that sign up between now and August 30 to participate in the program will automatically be entered into Domino’s FPW Sweepstakes. Domino’s will randomly select three winners who will receive the NFPA’s “Fire Prevention Week in a Box 300” which includes: FPW news booklets Kids' activity booklets Magnets Stickers Brochures Posters Banners Two-sided goodie bags If your fire department would like to participate in the NFPA and Domino’s FPW program, please email Chantele Telegadas. Signup emails that are sent August 12-30 will be entered into the Sweepstakes. The FPW Sweepstakes winners will be drawn on or around Monday, September 9.
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NFPA to host Spotlight on Public Education (SOPE) conference, a full-day program addressing today’s fire and life safety education challenges and opportunities

On Tuesday, September 14, NFPA is hosting its fifth annual Spotlight on Public Education (SOPE), a one-day program addressing some of the leading challenges and opportunities facing today’s fire departments and public safety educators working to mitigate fire and life safety risks in their communities. This year’s SOPE is part of the association’s virtual 125th Anniversary Conference Series, which replaces the traditional in-person 2021 NFPA Conference & Expo and runs from May 2021 through March 2022. Representing the fourth monthly program in the year-long conference series, SOPE will focus on a wide range of issues and topics, including the critical importance of inclusiveness among multiple populations, demographics, and age groups; tips and tricks for implementing successful fire and life safety programs in today’s virtual and hybrid environments; and the reasoning behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week™ theme. A total of nine in-depth educational sessions will be hosted throughout the day, along with industry roundtable discussions, networking opportunities, live chat sessions, sponsor demonstrations, and more. “SOPE presents a unique opportunity for attendees to hear new insights and approaches to the work they do in their communities, and to connect and learn from peers who have faced and overcome similar issues and obstacles,” said Andrea Vastis, senior director of the public education division at NFPA. “At the end of the day, we hope attendees walk away with new perspectives that empower them to more effectively deliver fire and life safety and injury prevention education to their communities.” Attendees can tune in live to earn up to five credit hours (0.5 CEU) and earn an additional five credit hours on-demand for a total of 10 credit hours (1.0 CEU). Alternatively, the content can all be viewed on-demand for a total of 10 credit hours (1.0 CEU). All programs will be available on-demand for up to a year starting on September 14. Registration for Spotlight on Public Education (SOPE) is now open. Check out the full list of sessions to review all the presentations offered throughout the day. Through August 31, registrants can use the code EARLYBIRD125 to attend the conference and invite a friend at no cost. For more information about the entire NFPA 125th Anniversary Conference Series, visit www.nfpa.org/conferenceseries.
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NFPA officially launches CRAIG 1300™, an all-new Community Risk Assessment Insight Generator that helps identify, assess, and mitigate public safety risks

 This week, NFPA announced the official launch of CRAIG 1300™, an innovative community risk assessment (CRA) dashboard powered by mySidewalk, a leading technology company that specializes in community data. CRAIG 1300 helps fire departments and safety officials collect community data, enabling them to identify, assess and share local demographic, geographic and economic needs. Community risk reduction (CRR) has continued to gain recognition in recent years as an effective approach to mitigating community risks; conducting a CRA that utilizes community data is a critical first step in the CRR process. CRAIG 1300 was developed to give fire departments, prevention advocates, and safety officials the tools and data resources to successfully execute these efforts. Uniquely aligned with NFPA 1300, Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development, CRAIG 1300 features a user-friendly dashboard with customized maps, graphs, and charts. Community leaders can use CRAIG 1300 to: Learn about the people, places, and conditions that are at-risk in the community. Shave months of human resources typically needed for data analysis and refocus resources on CRR plan development to drive enhanced community safety.     Activate teams in the development and management of CRR initiatives informed by NFPA 1300 with regularly updated data sources. Engage stakeholders, grantors, and partners in cross-community initiatives with easy-to-use visualization tools. Communicate the effectiveness of initiatives with stakeholders, grantors, and partners. Over the past two years, NFPA has worked in collaboration with mySidewalk and more than 300 communities who pilot-tested the digital platform, providing insights that helped maximize its usability and value. CRAIG 1300 is available as a product suite with three dashboard options: CRAIG 1300 PRO, CRAIG 1300 PLUS, and CRAIG 1300 FLEX. To learn more about CRAIG 1300 and its offerings, visit www.nfpa.org/CRAIG1300. Follow NFPA’s CRR efforts on social media using #itstartswithinsights.
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