What We’re Watching: 9/6/13

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At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.

PrepareAthon! Launch

prepareathon information boothWashington, D.C., Sep. 5, 2013 -- A representative from The Great ShakeOut provides information on earthquake preparedness to a participant at America's PrepareAthon!. America's PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience.

In case you missed it, yesterday FEMA and several of our key partners launched America’s PrepareAthon!.  The PrepareAthon! is all about encouraging emergency preparedness through community engagement and simple actions. Things like practicing earthquake safety during the October 17 Great ShakeOut, or attending a preparedness fair in your area during National Preparedness Month – those are what the PreapreAthon! encourages people to participate in.


people ducking under a tableWashington, D.C., Sep. 5, 2013 -- During America's PrepareAthon!, The Great ShakeOut conducted an earthquake drill encouraging participants to Drop, Cover, and Hold On during an earthquake.

PrepareAthon! has some great momentum thanks to yesterday’s kickoff event at the National Academy of Sciences.  We had a live Twitter chat on the new @PrepareAthon handle busting a few of the “myths of preparedness” along with our partners. And senior leaders spoke about recent research from the National Academy of Sciences and FEMA about “moving the needle” of emergency preparedness across the country:

gentleman speaking at podiumWashington, D.C., Sep. 5, 2013 -- Ellis M. Stanley, Sr., Chair, Committee on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters for the National Academy of Sciences encourages individual preparedness at the PrepareAthon!.


administrator fugate speaks at podiumWashington, D.C., Sep. 5, 2013 -- FEMA Administrator, Craig Fugate urges individuals to take simple preparedness steps during America's PrepareAthon.

I hope you’ll join in the spirit of America’s PrepareAthon! and join in the upcoming Great ShakeOut earthquake drill on October 17, or by linking up with an event in your area during National Preparedness Month!

Ready Kids

And in keeping with the emergency preparedness theme, I wanted to remind you of a newly launched section of Ready.gov, specifically for getting kids prepared for emergencies.  It’s at Ready.gov/kids and has sections for parents, educators, and of course, kids.  As one example of what you’ll find on the site, here’s a kid-friendly template for making a family communication plan:

preparedness checklist

If you’re looking for continual updates from Ready, check out their Facebook and Twitter accounts!

With that, have a safe weekend!

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09/06/2013 - 16:57
Posted on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 16:55
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