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Olympic-Inspired Preparedness

Every two years, the Olympic Games capture the hearts and minds of millions around the world as nations and their top athletes prepare for the games. Athletes spend years training and preparing for the chance to compete and win a medal. This dedication yields impressive results, even for those who don't reach the podium. In a similar spirit to the dedication to preparedness, FEMA Region III encourages everybody to learn more about emergency preparedness and take steps to be prepared. Each of us can do small but measurable actions to be ready for any kind of emergency we may face and develop a Culture of Preparedness that enables us as individuals, members of a community, representing private non profits, the private sector and businesses, faith-based organizations, and all levels of government to be better prepared for future emergencies and to help our communities and neighborhoods be more resilient.

We encourage you to download or share the below infographics and follow us on Twitter @FEMARegion3.


This table includes the names of the infographics (with hyperlink to their respective pages) and an image of each of the six infographics.
Winning Times Infographic
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<p>The Winning Times Infographic includes three time comparisons to highlight incredible feats and the time it takes to take a preparedness action. Athletes take months to years to train for an event, some of which are incredibly short. In winning time, you can take simple but effective actions to better prepare yourself for an emergency. </p><p>To learn more<strong> </strong>about a culture of preparedness, please visit <a href=""></a></p> Download Original
Team Preparedness
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<p>Every player starts the game with the opportunity to work hard, be passionate and ultimately win...</p><p>... but resilience is a team sport, and in order to win, we must pursue a culture of preparedness.</p><p>Learn more about a culture of preparedness at <a href=""></a></p> Download Original
Beat the Odds Infographic
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<p>The Beat the Odds Infographic highlights that your chances of competing for a Winter Olympic Medal are 1 in 1,385, 217, but your chances of experiencing a natural disaster are 1 in 4.* Being prepared for an emergency is a goal within reach. Take action today to be prepared for tomorrow's emergencies.</p><p> To learn more about a culture of preparedness, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p><em>*Sources for statistics are Team USA, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Washington Post.</em></p> Download Original
Do-It-Yourself Infographics
 ‘Are you ready for the Winter Games of Preparedness?’ The Ready logo is used for the word ready. What are the traits and skills that it takes to be prepared for emergencies? Preparing for emergencies is similar to training for any sport: you need to work at it over time. It isn’t just as simple as just getting a kit and waiting for disaster to strike. Train like you win medals in the arena that could save your live and those of your loved ones. Learn critical skills and make a plan. Resolve to be ready in 2018 with these easy-to-learn tasks. Each of the six circles represents traits and skills that can help you be prepared for an emergency: shut off water, shut off natural gas, shut off electricity, use a fire extinguisher, garden for food and forage safely, and learn first aid and CPR. Gardening for food and forage safely: Learn about renewable food sources that you can use in an emergency. Look up your local State Extension Service and dig in to all that nature has to offer. Learn First Aid & CPR: you might be the only help available until others arrive. Learn how to provide lifesaving first aid and have a kit. American Red Cross chapters can provide information and training. Get certified today! Shut off electric utilities: teach household members where and how to shut off the electricity to prevent fires and cascading utility damages. Always shut off all the individual circuits before shutting off the main circuit. Use a fire extinguisher: make sure you have a current ABC type fire extinguisher and that everyone knows where it is and how to use it. Contact your local fire department for information on training in your area. Shut off water utilities: locate the shut off valve for the water line and label it with a tag for easy identification. Make sure all household members know where it is and how to turn it off. Shut off natural gas: contact your company for proper procedures and share with your household. If you smell or hear gas, leave immediately, turning off via main outdoor valve. NEVER attempt to turn the gas back on yourself. Join a culture of preparedness; learn more at
<p>The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Infographic identifies traits and skills that can help you be prepared for an emergency with six specific tips: shutting off water; shutting off electricity; gardening for food and foraging safely; shutting off natural gas; using a fire extinguisher, and learning first aid and CPR skills. Each of these skills help you to be better prepared for future emergencies or disasters. </p><p>To learn more about a culture of preparedness, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Download Original
Olympic-Like Pet Preparedness Infographic
 Are you prepared? Bernie’s kit includes: copies of vet records, family photo, and hot dogs. Thumper’s kit includes: dry food, water, medicine, and toys. Round 2 includes a map and phone graphic. It reads: Planning with your humans: first responders will be unable to help pets evacuate. Everyone must stay informed, plan a route out of town, and know where they will stay if evacuated. Round 3 reads: Responding to disasters, when your local officials say ‘evacuate’ both of our competitors know, never leave your pets behind! Round 4 includes a graphic of a cell phone with the FEMA app sceenshot. It reads: Taking action, Bernie downloads the FEMA app & learns about local hazards. Thumper and her family look-up pet friendly hotels she could stay during an evacuation. The bottom text reads: tell us who you think our Pet Preparedness Champion is on Twitter @FEMAregion3 & find out more about a culture of preparedness at
<p>The Pet Preparedness Infographic includes a friendly cats versus dogs competition and preparedness tips. The competitors include Thumper, a tabby cat, and Bernie, a Saint Bernard. The challenge is: a hurricane is coming up the coast, and Thumper and Bernie will show us how they have prepared. Over four rounds, each pet shows us small actions we can take to ensure we (and our pets) are prepared for disasters. Follow these tips to help your pets be ready for emergencies too! </p><p>Tell us who you think your Pet Preparedness Champion is on Twitter <a href="">@FEMAregion3 </a>and find out more about a culture of reparedness at <a href=""></a></p> Download Original
Preparedness Equipment Infographic
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<p>The Preparedness Equipment Infographic suggests that in preparing for emergencies, we need the right tools. Just like athletes have specialized equipment to exercise and compete, being prepared for an emergency requires a kit stocked with key items, including bottled water, canned food, a radio, a flashlight, and a first aid kit.</p><p>To learn more about a culture of preparedness, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Download Original


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2018 National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar

Winter Weather Preparedness

Severe Weather Preparedness

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Last Updated: 
10/22/2018 - 15:52