National PrepareAthon Day is This Saturday, April 30
It’s time to get prepared!
Twice a year — on April 30 and Sept. 30 — America’s PrepareAthon holds national PrepareAthon Days.
The goal is to build our nation’s resilience by increasing the number of individuals who understand what disasters could happen in their community, know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage, take action to increase preparedness and participate in community resilience planning.
Why is the Prepare-Athon Important and Why Participate?
Between 1900 and 2014, the U.S. experienced 38 earthquakes, 166 floods, 568 storms and 936 tornados. In 2014 alone, there were more than 300 fatalities and more than 2,100 injuries due to weather-related disasters.
Based on a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) national survey, 54 percent of the U.S. population do not believe their community will experience a natural disaster – and less than half of those respondents have a plan they have discussed with their family members.
Research shows that people are more prepared for a disaster if they are aware of community alerts and systems, talk about their preparedness plan with family and others, attend trainings and participate in a drill or exercise. What better way to get started than to participate in this month’s PrepareAthon?
Participation in America’s PrepareAthon is Simple
Everyone can participate including workplaces, schools, houses of worship, community-based organizations, institutions of higher education, as well as individuals and families. Also, participation in America’s PreparAthon can take place anytime throughout the year — just in case you can’t this Saturday.
Visit ready.gov/prepare to learn which hazards can affect your community, review the list of 10 actions and choose a preparedness activity that best fits your hazard. Next, register yourself to be counted.
Once registered, you can download a certificate of participation. Then – congratulations! You, your organization or group has now taken an important step toward preparing for disasters.