Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is a national campaign that encourages people and organizations everywhere to come together on a single day to take action to raise awareness and reduce wildfire risks.
It is held in the United States and Canada on the first Saturday in May. Given that in-person gatherings are limited or on-hold in many places, this year’s Prep Day is focused on what residents can do on and around their home to help protect against the threat of wildfires.
Defending the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ)
Research shows there are proven methods for preparing properties for withstanding the devastating impacts of a wildfire. This Prep Day, you have the power to protect the part of the community that means the most to you and your family by eliminating vulnerabilities in the HIZ, particularly the immediate 5-foot zone around your residence. Whether it's replacing wood chips with gravel or reimagining your entire landscape design, what you do on Saturday, May 1, really matters. Be ready to make a difference in helping to avoid loss and tragedy with information and resources from NFPA®.
Get $500 To Work On Your Project
Now that you have chosen a project, submit an application to win one of 150 funding awards made possible with generous donation from State Farm. If you are applying for an award for a project in the US and US territories, the application period opens in January 2021. Download Application.
Canada’s Prep Day award application period runs from November to January. See FireSmart for more details.
Share your success
We want to hear what you’re planning and what you’ve accomplished. Be sure to post before and after photos with #WildfirePrepDay on Twitter or Facebook.
Wildfire preparedness social media cards
Share these images on Facebook to remind residents about the risks, and the steps they can take to stay safer from wildfire. Each social card has a link to related resources and information. Click on any of the cards to download.
A homeowner tells her story of how defensible space protected her home during the Glass Fire.
Did you know there are often not enough resources to have firefighters in place to protect every home threatened by wildfire?
Major Fire Events 2019-2020
Please contact us with any media inquiries, or if you are having issues with the map. We also want to hear what you accomplished at #WildfirePrepDay or on Facebook.
A worthwhile effort
"We had a very busy fire fuel reduction project. Approx. 6 tons of dry trees, grasses, shrubs, etc were removed and mulched to be used along the borders to further reduce our fire risks. We are very grateful for the funding that allowed us to make our community a more fire resistant and safer place to live."
Diane "Maka'ala" Kanealii, Executive Director, Kailapa Community Association
“I appreciate your giving us the opportunity to participate in the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. It has been a wonderful chance to work with organizations we don't typically think of when smoke is in the air.”
Darron Williams, Bureau of Indian Affairs