NATIONAL PREPAREATHON! DAY
National PrepareAthon! Day on April 30th reminds us that crises happen suddenly. Being prepared needs to happen now, not later.
Natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods or wildfires require us to make decisions with little or no warning. Do you have an emergency plan in place with your family in the event of an emergency situation?
PrepareAthon! Day offers tools and resources for communities and citizens that help them to prepare their businesses, families, and schools in the event of a disaster. Large or small, it takes members of the community getting involved to help keep a crisis from turning into a tragedy. While our emergency resources supply one arm of the response team, many others step forward. Some help with a supply chain while others coordinate medical personnel. Communication is also vital to a successful plan. When everyone has a blueprint, our plans run more smoothly.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPrepareathonDay
Whether you prepare at home, school or on a larger scale, take part. At home you can create an emergency plan for your family. Keep important and valuable papers in one, easy to access location. Plan escape routes for family members and pets. Pre-program emergency numbers into everyone’s phones. Create contact lists for family members. Depending on the emergency, you will need spare, accessible cash for things like medicine, clothing, or shelter.
Take action by visiting www.community.fema.gov to get prepared. Use #NationalPrepareAthonDay to share on social media.
Visit these sites for more information on making emergency preparedness plans using the FEMA links below:
NATIONAL PREPAREATHON! DAY HISTORY
In 2014, The White House announced America’s first National PrepareAthon! Day as part of President Barack Obama’s National Preparedness Initiative.