FEMA Challenges Communities to Take Actions Now and Prepare for Natural Disasters

The second annual America’s PrepareAthon! campaign launches today, April 1stand will continue throughout the entire month culminating in a day of community action on April 30th.  Events will take place throughout Region 9, an area that includes California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and pacific territories.

America’s PrepareAthon! is a national community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and exercises. America’s PrepareAthon! encourages Americans across the country to practice preparedness actions before a disaster or emergency strikes. The campaign will bring individuals, families, workplaces, schools and organizations together to practice simple activities to stay safe before, during, and after all types of hazards – including floods, wildfires, tornadoes and hurricanes.

The goal of America’s PrepareAthon! is simple: Build a more resilient nation by increasing the number of individuals who understand which disasters could happen in their community, know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage, take action to increase their preparedness, and participate in community resilience planning. Twice annually, America’s PrepareAthon! promotes national days of action to bring attention to progress  that communities are making to  help create a more resilient nation. This year, National PrepareAthon! Days occur on April 30 and September 30.

For more information on America’s PrepareAthon!, please visit, ready.gov/prepare.

Members of the media: FEMA subject matter experts are available for interviews to discuss hazards in local communities as well as steps residents can take to prepare for disaster events.  If you would like to schedule an interview or receive a list of events taking place in your community please email Mary Simms at mary.simms@fema.dhs.gov or Kelly Hudson at Kelly.hudson@fema.dhs.gov.

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