2018 National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Did you know that tomorrow, May 5, is not only Cinco de Mayo, but also Wildfire Community Preparedness Day?

That’s right… 2018 marks the 5th anniversary for National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. On this day, individuals everywhere are encouraged to volunteer a few hours of their time (or a whole day if you are super awesome!) in order to help reduce their community’s wildfire risk. We cannot stress enough how important it is to be informed about and prepared for the risks posed by wildfires… after all, we do live in sunny Southern California!

To learn more about why you might want to get involved with and support Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, check out this video.

So now you might be asking, “Well, all this information is great and, sure, it is important, but how can I get involved?” Lucky for you, there is a map for that! To find volunteer projects near you, visit the National Fire Protection Association’s webpage and search their project map. However, if you are in the Irvine area, we recommend attending the Orange County Fire Watch’s 3rd Annual Fire Watch Symposium, which will be held at the Quail Hill Community Center (39 Shady Canyon Drive) from 8:00am-12:00pm. It will be a great opportunity for those in attendance to learn more about fire prevention from experts in the field. If that doesn’t hook you in, then they will also have wildland firefighting equipment and personnel in attendance for folks to check out!

Lastly, don’t forget to view our UC Irvine fire preparedness webpage to learn more about what to do when you encounter a fire emergency.

Until next time – May the Fourth be with You!

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