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The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program, managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), seeks to develop and improve the dialogue between fire departments and the residents they serve. Launched nationally in March 2011 at the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI 2011) Conference, the program helps fire departments to teach individuals who live in high risk wildfire areas – and the wildland-urban interface – how to best prepare themselves and their properties against fire threats. The RSG! Program tenets help residents be Ready with preparedness understanding, be Set with situational awareness when fire threatens, and to Go, acting early when a fire starts. 

Now in its third year nationally, the program is nearing 1000 member departments and agencies representative in all states. It continues to work in complimentary and collaborative fashion with existing wildland fire public education efforts, like Firewise, and amplifies their messages to individuals to better achieve the common goal we all share of Fire Adapted Communities. They may be called brush fires, grass fires, field fires, railroad fires, outdoor fires, backyard fires, or forest fires, but no matter the name, the risk to residents and resources remains the same.

The RSG! Program provides the implementation guidance; background knowledge; and presentation tools to assist fire departments in delivering the program message:

• Ready – Be ready, be FirewiseTake personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildland fire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place. Plan escape routes and make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action.

• Set – Situational awareness.  Pack your emergency items. Stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media, your local fire department and public safety. 

• Go – Act early!  Follow your personal wildland fire action plan. Doing so will not only support your safety,
but will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.  

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2014 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards

Apply for the 2014 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Today

The application period for the 2014 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards is now open. Every year we are inspired by the tremendous work being done by so many to prepare their communities for emergencies or to help their neighbors cope with the effects of a disaster. Our applicants consistently showcase admirable compassion for others, innovative new approaches, and a drive to make a difference in their communities. Download an application, and apply or nominate an individual or organization who inspires you today!

The awards application period is open through May 30, 2014. All applications must feature achievements taking place between January 1, 2013 and May 30, 2014. Please submit your application to A distinguished panel of representatives from the emergency management community will select winners in each of the following categories:

  • Outstanding State Citizen Corps Initiatives
  • Outstanding Local Citizen Corps Initiatives
  • Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Initiatives
  • Community Preparedness Heroes
  • Outstanding Youth Preparedness Initiatives
  • Awareness to Action
  • Survivor Empowerment and Integration
  • Technological Innovation
  • Preparing the Whole Community

Winners of the 2014 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards will be announced in Fall 2014 and will be FEMA’s honored guests at a community preparedness roundtable event. As you prepare your application, don’t forget to take a look at previous winners on our website.

We we’re looking forward to hearing about the incredible work that individuals and organizations are doing to make their communities safer, stronger, better prepared, and more resilient! Visit the Awards page on our website for more information on how to apply!

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View the RSG! Program National Video in English or Spanish by clicking the arrows to the right.