Disaster Preparedness and Fire Prevention

Fire Corps teams across the country play a vital role in helping fire/EMS departments ensure their communities are prepared for emergencies of all kinds. In addition, a key function of many Fire Corps programs is to provide fire prevention and life safety education to the community. Use the resources linked below to assist in your preparedness and fire prevention efforts.

Helpful Links

Home Safety Checklist

Fire Corps has created the Home Safety Checklist to help your Fire Corps team implement a home safety check program in your community. The Checklist provides a basic, step-by-step approach to ensure residents in your community are safer and more secure. Use this Checklist to identify hazards in and around the home, as well as hazards that are associated with a variety of household situations, including those where children, older residents, pets, and/or those with disabilities may reside. You must be a registered Fire Corps program to access this resource.

You can also download the Safety Tips for Outside the Home checklist, a customizable flyer announcing a smoke alarm and home safety check program in your community, and instructions for installing a smoke alarm.

First Alert Smoke Alarm Installation Video

Learn how to install a SA340CN 10-year smoke and fire alarm with this demonstration video from First Alert. Watch the First Alert Smoke Alarm Installation video.

USFA Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign

The Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign is part of the U.S. Fire Administration’s effort to reduce fire deaths and injuries across the nation by urging residents to install smoke alarms in their homes and inspect and maintain them on a regular basis. Working smoke alarms and sprinklers save lives. The campaign includes fact and information sheets about smoke alarms and sprinklers; posters; media materials; a community presentation; public service announcements; and more that you can use to spread these important messages in your community. View the USFA Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign website.

CERT & Fire Corps: Working Together To Build Stronger Communities

This guide outlines how CERT and Fire Corps can work together to build stronger communities. It looks at the challenges faced by both programs and shows how working together can help overcome these challenges. This guide also includes profiles of departments that have successfully combined their CERT and Fire Corps efforts to develop a comprehensive program that benefits fire and emergency service departments and the communities they serve. View the CERT & Fire Corps: Working Together To Build Stronger Communities PDF. You must be a registered Fire Corps program to access this resource.

Ready Responder Toolkit

The Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign designed this toolkit to provide emergency response agencies with a series of planning tools to help prepare their personnel and their families for emergencies. The toolkit provides resources on how to develop an organizational preparedness plan; examples of how to promote individual, family, and organizational preparedness; and engage other agencies and departments in these efforts. There are also sample newsletter articles, media pitch templates, and other press materials that can be used to develop and distribute internal and external preparedness messaging. View the Ready Responder Toolkit PDF.


Firefacts.org, which is sponsored by First Alert, provides parents, teachers, and public educators with interactive fire safety learning tools. The free products are geared towards children from kindergarten through sixth grade. Products include coloring pages, word searches, and mazes to teach safety messages in a manner that is fun and entertaining for children. Teachers can download a Jeopardy-style game to use in their classrooms to test their students’ fire safety knowledge. Teachers, public educators, and fire service personnel can also request the 2009 Fire Safety Learning System CD, a complete, interactive resource that keeps students involved and interested. View the Firefacts.org website.

Fire Safety for Children

FEMA, the U.S. Fire Administration, and the National Commission on Children and Disasters have teamed up to call families and communities to take action to keep our nation’s children safe. Visit the Fire Safety for Children website to find resources and tips to share in your community to prevent fires and protect children.

USFA Smoking and Home Fires Campaign

The US Fire Administration’s Smoking and Home Fires campaign provides information, tips, and resources for preventing smoking-related home fires. Learn more at www.usfa.dhs.gov/campaigns/smoking/.

USAA Educational Foundation

The USAA Educational Foundation offers free educational publications that fire departments and Fire Corps teams can use as part of their life safety education efforts. The materials are free (including shipping) and do not promote any commercial products or services. View and order materials at www.usaaedfoundation.org. Topics include:

Fire Safety for Kids

HomeSecuritySystem.com has released a Fire Safety Packet for Kids that includes a variety of activities to teach and reinforce fire safety messages to children. Activities include a word search, drawings, fill-in-the-blank, quiz, and safety checklist.

Firefighters Support Foundation

The Firefighters Support Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting firefighters and rescue personnel in performing their jobs effectively and safely. Their primary mission is to develop and provide, completely free of charge, video-based training programs for fire, EMS, search and rescue, and Emergency Management personnel. They also offer, free of charge, programs that are of interest and relevant to the fire service support community, such as their “When a Child Dies on a Call,” “Emergency Incident Rehabilitation,” and “After Action Self-Evaluations” programs. Visit the Firefighters Support Foundation website.