Final figures from 2014 have been calculated and they illustrate strong involvement by Firewise Communities across the United States.
In 2014, the program welcomed 183 new communities representing 28 different states. These communities reflect the range of resident size, development, and WUI risk. All are embracing their responsibility in preparedness.
In 2014, the 1142 active communities reported $33 million in recorded community preparedness activities. This collective achievement represents community mitigation work, individual resident efforts, and the “sweat equity” of resident’s volunteered time making their community’s safer.
So far this year, 10 new communities have received recognition from their state forestry agencies in the program, raising the number of currently active communities to 1152 in 41 states. These communities comprise nearly 1.3 million residents who make a difference at the local level.
We applaud the hard work that Firewise Communities do everyday and look forward to sharing their successes in the year ahead.