Wildfires across the United States have taken more than 100 lives and cost more than $25 billion dollars in property losses in just the last two years. That’s why it’s so important to take steps to improve the wildfire safety of your home and community.
Become a wildfire safety hero! Begin your journey towards wildfire preparedness by getting involved or organizing a wildfire safety project on May 4. Tell us your story at #WildfirePrepDay or on Facebook.
Encourage local participation!
You can help promote wildfire safety by encouraging residents to work together on a project or event. Participation helps create a sense of community, where neighbors begin to look out for each other. Wildfire Community Preparedness Day projects can also help strengthen relationships between residents and the local fire department, land management agencies, community leaders, and elected officials. See a list of possible projects.
Want to get started?
We have the tools to get you and your community off and running with your own project for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day:
- Download our toolkit, which includes checklists, key steps, safety tips, and much more.
- Distribute our fact sheet (PDF) to let people know more about the event.
- Download a save the date flyer. (PDF)
- One of the criteria for becoming a Firewise USA® recognized site requires participating in an annual wildfire risk reduction project. Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is a great time to start. Contact your state liaison to begin a community wildfire risk assessment (PDF) to identify and guide your priorities and activities for Prep Day and throughout the year.
Congratulations to the award winners!
Funding awards were made possible with generous donations from State Farm. Award funding is used for wildfire safety projects. See the list of winners.
Do you have questions or comments? Contact us.
Motivate neighbors and community members to work together to make where they live a safer place from wildfire.
A worthwhile effort
"We had a very busy May 6 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