Editor’s note: Last week, Administrator Fugate kicked off National Preparedness Month in New York City, in line with many other kick off events held across the country. The post below highlights one event held by our regional office in Philadelphia, Penn. in partnership with the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management.
For a full list of events happening in your neighborhood for National Preparedness Month, sign up to be a coalition member and view the calendar for your region. To get prepared before an emergency strikes, visit Ready.gov.
Philadelphia, PA, September 1, 2011 -- Employees from FEMA and the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management promoted emergency preparedness at the annual football game between Temple University and Villanova University.
Last week, as our region continued to focus our efforts on supporting states and individuals affected by Hurricane Irene, a few of us from the FEMA Region III office went down to the Mayor's Cup game (annual football game between Temple University and Villanova University) in Philadelphia to help kick off National Preparedness Month. We partnered with the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management to help spread the word and help people get prepared for emergencies.
We brought with us a spinning wheel (it's on the table on the right in the photo below) with various clues and played "preparedness jeopardy" with fans coming to the game. They would spin the wheel and receive an answer, usually a picture, and they would have to ask a corresponding question. If they asked the right question, we offered them a FEMA pen or a FEMA tape-measure keychain. It was lots of fun to watch people play and learn more about getting prepared!
Philadelphia, PA, September 1, 2011 -- Staff from the FEMA Region III office partnered with the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management to conduct a "Ready Tailgate" event at the Temple vs Villanova football game to kick of National Preparedness Month 2011.
We also helped educate people on the three steps in the Ready campaign, get a kit, make a plan, be informed. We provided checklists for basic emergency preparedness kits, tips for making an emergency plan, and ways to stay informed. Our partners at Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management helped people get signed up for emergency text messages for Philadelphia, and we spread the word on the FEMA preparedness text messages as well - you can text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA) to sign up.
The event was so successful we plan on holding it again at a few different venues throughout the month of September, so hopefully we'll get you to play preparedness jeopardy next time!