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Do you know what you would do during a disaster? Do you know if your community is at risk of tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires or flood?

Only about two-in-five Americans say that they have a plan for what to do in an emergency. We need to change that. That’s why on April 30th, individuals, organizations, and communities will come together to prepare for emergencies on the very first National Day of Action: America’s PrepareAthon!

America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through participation in hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted at the national level every fall and spring.

Earlier this week at the White House, Administrator Fugate joined The Weather Channel, AARP and emergency management pros from across the country in a Google+ HangOut on why it’s important for individuals to prepare and describe how they will engage in America’s PrepareAthon! It was a great discussion and if you missed it, you can watch the video here:

On April 30 and throughout the spring, America’s PrepareAthon! activities will focus on preparing individuals, organizations, and communities for tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. Be Smart. Take Part. And prepare today!

Here’s how to join:

  • Register: Participate in America’s PrepareAthon! at
  • Be Smart: Download guides to learn how to prepare for a tornado, hurricane, flood or wildfire
  • Take Part: Plan activities and host an event locally on April 30th
  • Prepare: Practice a drill or have a discussion about preparedness
  • Share: Promote your activities, events and best practices with national preparedness community members

For more information on America’s PrepareAthon! and to download easy-to-use and free resources go to:  Follow the conversation via @PrepareAthon / #PrepareAthon.  And stay in touch; for questions or comments email

Last Updated: 
04/09/2014 - 10:16

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