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NFPA C&E Wildfire-related conference session proposals due Oct. 14

NFPA’s bi-annual Backyards & Beyond® Wildland Fire Education Conference is a great place for community leaders, researchers, insurance professionals, emergency responders, homeowners and others involved in wildfire safety and preparedness to share their knowledge and best practices on key wildfire issues that they can then take back to their communities…

Source: NFPA Wildfire Safety

Predictive Services wildland fire outlook for October

The wildfire predictive index for the month of October highlights a significant wildfire threat in parts of California and Minnesota. This outlook represent the cumulative forecasts of the ten Geographic Area Predictive Services Units and the National Predictive Services Unit. According to this forecast, most of the United States will…

Source: NFPA Wildfire Safety

FPW kickoff 'Sparks' interest in community

Fire House Exterior

Fire department headquarters in Sparks, Nevada, was the place to be for the kickoff Saturday for Fire Prevention Week activities. A pancake breakfast was one of the highlights of the open house.

FPW in a Box

There was plenty of educational material to go around with the department’s purchase of FPW in a Box. Sparks Fire Marshal Bob King is pictured below at right with Sparky the Fire Dog® and NFPA Public Education Regional Education Specialist Jeff Donahue.

Fire Marshal Bob King and Sparky and Jeff

Source: NFAP Safety Info

NFPA resources help families prepare pets and horses for wildfire evacuation

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As you have heard recently through this blog, NFPA launched its TakeAction campaign aimed at youth who live in wildfire risk areas. (If you haven't, take a minute and check out my post from October 2 that explains the campaign, how it came to be, and offers a couple of great videos to watch, too!) The campaign was born out of the results of a number of workshops NFPA held a couple of years ago with teens and their parents who had experienced a wildfire, and we asked them to tell us their stories, their concerns, and their hopes.  

The second part of the TakeAction campaign focuses on one of the key messages the students shared with us in those workshops. It's one that we know will be near and dear to your hearts. Pets! I'm sure you can attest to this in your own homes: we treat our household pets and horses and other animals on our farms as members of our family. The students in the workshops told us that even more than material goods, they wanted to make sure their pets stayed safe during a wildfire evacuation, but they weren't sure how to do that.

I pose the same question to you. Do you know what happens when you're called to evacuate in an emergency? Has your family prepared your pets for an evacuation like you have prepared every human member in your home? For those of us living in a wildfire risk area, we know that once we get the call to evacuate, we need to move as quickly as possible. Being familiar with what happens in an evacuation, knowing how and when to leave, and building a kit for each animal increases the likelihood that all family members will leave safely and together long before a fire reaches their property. 

So where do you start? NFPA has developed a fun video created for teens and families to share with friends on social media as a way to encourage everyone to get involved. Take a moment to watch it with your family and talk about what you've learned. 


Pet Preparedness Video

After you watch the video, take a look at our great resources. We've got a checklist for horses and one for household pets that you can download and help you get started on creating that evacuation kit for each pet in your family. We even include a number of great tips and resources that'll help you prepare all year long. 

Evacuations are never easy, and it's especially unsettling when we know our pets and horses and other farm animals are also in danger. But there's something you can do to help make the situation easier, and give you greater piece of mind. Take advantage of the resources our TakeAction campaign has to offer. Start building your pet evacuation kits today so tomorrow, when a wildfire threatens your area, you'll be ready when your family gets the call to leave.

Find the video and all of our resources on For more pet preparedness tips, check out our pet safety tips sheet, available to download now on NFPA's safety information webpage.

Source: NFAP Safety Info