Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Wildfire preparedness is in the cards…the social media cards, that is!

May 1 is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and people all over the country are organizing projects and activities for that day and throughout the month. One great way to help people get excited for what kinds of activities they can do to reduce their wildfire risks is to share the great examples highlighted on our social media cards

The “cards” are images with a message about a wildfire preparedness or pre-fire action someone can take that will make a real difference around their home and in their community. 

To use them, simply click to open and save, or right-click on the image to save, and post them on your Facebook or other social media platform. Then, include the suggested link that goes with each image so when your friends and neighbors click on the image, they can learn from pages on NFPA’s website that provide more detailed information.

These key tips to prepare for wildfire include:

  • Clear and dispose of debris in your yard, as well as lawn cuttings, to reduce fuel for a wildfire.
  • Move firewood piles at least 30 feet from any buildings.
  • Know two ways out of your neighborhood and designate a meeting place before wildfire threatens your area.
  • Protect from embers by installing metal mesh screening in attic and crawl space vents.
  • Remove needles or leaves from roofs, gutters, porches and decks to prevent ignitions.
  • Pets are part of the family. Make sure your evacuation plans include your pets.

Using social media is a great way to spread the word about wildfire preparedness. When you post them, be sure to also include the social media hashtag #wildfireprepday to help spread the word!

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Michele Steinberg
Director, Wildfire Division, Disaster safety educator, land use planning advocate. Believes we can end home destruction from wildfires.

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