Apply Now! National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day!
6 May 2017 - 6 May 2017
May 6, 2017
APPLY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN $500 FOR YOUR GROUP NEIGHBOURHOOD OR COMMUNITY!
TOGETHER WE ARE PREPARED
Commit a few of hours or the entire day and join others throughout the nation making communities a safer place to live. Challenge your neighbourhood, friends, family members, co-workers, community service group, youth organization, club or any other eligible group to create a project and accomplish something great together!
Efforts will raise community wildfire awareness, help protect homes and help neighbourhoods and entire communities work towards becoming FireSmart.
In collaboration and support from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR), and The Co-operators, FireSmart Canada is pleased to announce stipend recipients on May 6, 2017.
During Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 6, 2017 and through to September 30, 2017, communities across Canada are encouraged to participate in local mitigation projects to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage to their homes and neighbourhoods.
Is your community working towards to becoming nationally recognized through the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program? Use this day as your FireSmart Day and enter to win $500 for use towards it!
HERE'S SOME PROJECT IDEAS TO GET YOU THINKING! COME UP WITH IDEAS THAT WILL WORK BEST FOR YOURCOMMUNITY! CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
- Host a FireSmart Community Champion Workshop for your neighbourhood; invite surrounding neighbourhoods
- Hold your neighbourhoods’ first FireSmart Board meeting or FireSmart Day
- Perform individual FireSmart Wildfire Hazard Assessments on each of the homes in your community
- Clear leaves, pine needles and combustible debris from the roofs and gutters of the neighbourhood homes
- Sweep porches and decks clearing them of leaves, pine needles and combustible debris
- Rake under decks, porches, sheds and play structures and dispose of debris
- Prune low-hanging tree branches up to a height of 2 metres
- Collect downed tree limbs and broken branches and take them to a disposal site
- Remove combustible items stored under decks and porches
- Ensure all the address numbers of all neighbourhood homes are visible form the street
- Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire screening no larger than 3mm mesh
- Help an elderly neighbour do FireSmart work to their home
- Build or updating 72-hour kits for each family in the neighbourhood
- Develop a phone/text tree that can be used for fire evacuation alerts
- Identify and remove high flammability plants from within 10 metres of neighbourhood homes
- Distribute FireSmart information to neighbours
- Join forces with neighbours and pool your resources to pay for a chipper service to remove slash
- Work with local emergency management authorities to develop and practice a neighbourhood evacuation plan
- Invite a horticulturist to review the FireSmart Guide to Landscaping with you and your neighbours and suggest which types of FireSmart plants might work best in your neighbourho
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You can start submitting project funding applications beginning Tuesday, January 31, 2017 through to Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:59pm MT. A panel will review applications and select up to 20 project award recipients.
Additional funding is available in the following individual provinces in partnership with FireSmart Canada:
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is offering three additional $500 awards within the province as part of this program. Additional project applications in Alberta will AUTOMATICALLY be considered through the above application process.
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources is offering six additional $500 awards for distribution within the province as part of this program. Additional project applications in Ontario will AUTOMATICALLY be considered through the above application process.
Newfoundland and Labrador Forestry and Agrifoods Agency is offering two additional $500 awards for distribution within the province as part of this program. Additional project applications in Newfoundland and Labrador will AUTOMATICALLY be considered through the above application process
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