The recent wildfires in California have proven the devastation of a natural disaster. Homes, lives, and in some cases, entire towns were completely destroyed. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm® are teaming up for the sixth national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 4th. The project helps communities prepare for, and reduce the risk of wildfire damage. State Farm is providing funding to NFPA for the Preparedness Day event, and a portion will be awarded to 150 neighborhood wildfire risk reduction projects. Preparedness Day gives people of all ages a chance to plan and participate in a risk reduction, or wildfire preparedness activity that makes their community a safer place to live. Apply for an award at https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/National-Wildfire-Community-Preparedness-Day/Apply-for-an-award. Applications can be submitted through March 1st.
You can give the “Gift of Life” today in Mifflin County. The American Red Cross bloodmobile will be at the Belleville Community Hall on Walnut Street from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm.
Representative John Hershey (R-Franklin/Juniata/Mifflin) will be offering veterans affairs outreach hours in his district office at 28 Industrial Circle in Mifflintown on Wednesday, January 16th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Scott Brenner, an accredited field service officer from the American Legion Department of Pennsylvania, will be available to assist veterans with a variety of issues. Appointments are encouraged but not required. Call 717-436-6001 to schedule an appointment.
State Police will conduct child safety seat inspections today (January 9th) from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm at 155 Red Hill Road in Newport. For information, call 717-567-3110.
Grants from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission are now available for qualified museums and official county historical societies. The Cultural and Historical Support grant program provides funds to official county historical societies, as well as museums with annual operating budgets exceeding $100,000 and at least one full-time professional staff person. Applicants must meet organizational eligibility requirements. The deadline to apply for grants is January 25th. Eligibility information and grant guidelines are available at https://www.phmc.pa.gov/.