National Preparedness

  • America's PrepareAthon?

    National Preparedness Month ends Today, with America's PrepareAthon!?

    The PrepareAthon is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience. Join others around the country to practice your preparedness!

    September is a time to remember and a time to prepare.

    Get a Kit ?

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    Be Informed ?

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    Make a Plan ?

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    Learn more about National Preparedness .

    America’s PrepareAthon! takes a Whole Community approach to disaster preparedness with registered preparedness actions at the grassroots level across the Nation. The campaign offers easy-to-implement resources to help individuals, organizations, and communities practice simple, effective actions. Preparedness actions can be scaled from individual actions to community-wide events.

    For ideas on what you can do for America’s PrepareAthon!, we encourage you to explore the site where you’ll find access to free resources, learn about preparedness events happening in your area, read preparedness stories, and be able to register your own preparedness activities.

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  • Coming Soon: National PrepareAthon! Day is September 30

    National Preparedness Month culminates with the September 30 National PrepareAthon! Day.

    Twice a year, on September 30 and April 30, America’s PrepareAthon! promotes National PrepareAthon! Days to bring attention to our progress toward creating a more resilient Nation.  America’s PrepareAthon! is a national, year-round, grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and exercises.

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    America’s PrepareAthon! prepares people for earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, winter storms, and active shooter.

    The 10 Ways to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon! infographic highlights activities you can do in support of the campaign. You can also find out where preparedness events are happening in your community and join in. NPM-10-ways

    Individuals, families, communities, faith-based organizations, schools, and businesses are all encouraged to participate and prepare for the hazards that are common to their areas. Find How to Prepare guides, playbooks, and other valuable resources to get started. These tools are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Tagalog, and French.

    Get ready for National PrepareAthon! Day.  Be Smart. Take Part. Prepare.

  • Presidential Proclamation - National Preparedness Month, 2016

    NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH, 2016

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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    Americans have been tested by trial and tragedy since our earliest days -- but year after year, no matter the hardship, we pull through and forge ahead. Fifteen years after the attacks of September 11, we reflect on our strength as a Nation when anything threatens us. Today, as the residents of Louisiana mourn the loss of loved ones and face tremendous damage caused by historic floods, we are reminded of what Americans do in times like these -- we see the power of love and community among neighbors who step up to help in extraordinarily difficult circumstances. Preparing ourselves to meet the unknown challenges of tomorrow is a duty we all share, and when confronted with crisis or calamity, we need to have done everything possible to prepare. During National Preparedness Month, we emphasize the importance of readying ourselves and our communities to be resilient in the face of any emergency we may encounter.

    Although my Administration continues doing everything we can to keep the American people safe, it is each citizen's responsibility to be as prepared as possible for emergencies. Whether in the form of natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes, or unspeakable acts of evil like terrorism, danger can arise at unexpected times and places. Fortunately, there are many things that individuals, families, and communities can do to improve their readiness. I encourage all Americans to take proactive steps to prepare for any situation that may occur including signing up for local alerts, checking insurance coverage, documenting valuables, creating a plan for emergency communication and evacuation, and having a fully stocked disaster supply kit on hand. And I encourage those in the business community to prepare their employees, develop a business continuity plan, and engage in community-level planning to help ensure our communities and private sector remain strong when faced with an emergency. For information on how to better prepare for emergencies that are common in your area, or to learn about resources that may be available for increasing preparedness, visit www.Ready.gov or www.Listo.gov.

    In the face of unpredictable threats and hazards, we are committed to improving access to information and raising awareness of the importance of precautionary measures. Leaders across our country should take the time to review the 2016 National Preparedness Report and find ways to address the vulnerabilities it highlights. All Americans can play a role in fulfilling our National Preparedness Goal by addressing the risks that affect them and participating in preparedness activities across our Nation.

    We continue to collaborate with State, local, and tribal partners, along with those in the public and private sectors, to ensure that communities in crisis do not have to face these dangers alone. In addition to coordinating relief efforts and providing rapid response, we have focused on supporting the needs of survivors, investing in affected neighborhoods, and helping them rebuild their communities to be better, stronger, and more resilient. Federal agencies are also working to share resources with the public, promote the tools and technologies that could help during disasters, and offer preparation strategies. We launched America's PrepareAthon! to bring communities together and help them plan for emergencies, and on September 30, we encourage a national day of action to spur preparedness efforts from coast to coast.

    Disasters have become more frequent and severe as our climate changes; both urban and rural areas are already feeling the devastating consequences, including severe droughts and higher sea levels, intense storms and wildfires, and more powerful hurricanes and heat waves. Climate change poses an imminent and lasting threat to our safety and national security, and it is critical that we invest in our infrastructure and integrate the preparedness efforts of our communities to improve our ability to respond to and recover from the effects of our changing climate and extreme weather events.

    This month, we pay tribute to the courageous individuals who rush to the scene of disaster for their dedication to our safety and security, no matter the price. Let us recognize that each of us can do our part to prepare for emergencies, help those affected by disasters, and ensure all our people have the necessary resources and knowledge to protect themselves. Together, we will remain strong and resilient no matter what befalls us.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2016 as National Preparedness Month. I encourage all Americans to recognize the importance of preparedness and work together to enhance our resilience and readiness.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

    BARACK OBAMA

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  • Important Preparedness Dates for your September Calendar

    CERT-30The further away we get from major tragedies like 9/11, Katrina, Sandy, and Joplin - the more complacent we get. Don't fall vicitm to a false sense of security. National Preparedness Month begins tomorrow, and it is essential that we each prepare for disaster, this includes stocking essential survival gear, making a plan, and communicating that plan to others.

    This year also marks the 30th anniversary of CERT - Community Emergency Response Teams know how critical communication is and understand the deeper meaning of this year's NPM theme “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”fema-npm-2016-logo-disaster-survival

    Don't let National Preparedness Month slip by without making your own efforts, to prepare, plan and share - at home, at work, at school. Here are some helpful dates to consider:

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    Learn more about CERT: History of the CERT ProgramFEMA 101: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

  • Join the Innovation for Disasters Movement.

    Are you a "techie" with a penchant for serving the community? Uncle Sam wants you!

    earthquake_disaster_topic_animationBut hold on, now - this isn't a "Geek" exclusive venue... there's a place for entrepreneurs, community responders and CERT members, bureaucrats, paparazzi, and disaster survivors, too.

    The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative has launched a new public resource - disasters.data.gov - to foster collaboration and continual improvement of disaster-related open data, free tools, and new ways to empower survivors, first responders, and all levels of government with critical information and resources.

    Developers can also:

    • Use our open datasets to provide products or services for disaster preparedness
    • Build upon existing open source apps and tools
    • Host a data jam or civic hackathon to build solutions for identified challenges
    • Share your projects with us at disastertech@ostp.gov

    Tech Entrepreneurs can also:

    • Host a workshop for defining challenge statements and potential solutions
    • Host a data jam or civic hackathon to build solutions for identified challenges
    • Have a conversation with innovation experts, discussing technology gaps and opportunities
    • Share your projects with us at disastertech@ostp.gov

    Government Officials can also:

    • Identify and share challenge statements with us at disastertech@ostp.gov
    • Consider how innovation and technology can help your team and any collaborative projects
    • Host a workshop for defining challenge statements and potential solutions
    • Have a conversation with innovation experts, discussing technology gaps and opportunities
    • Consider testing an emerging or existing tool as part of a training or exercise

    First Responders can also:

    • Identify and share challenge statements with us at disastertech@ostp.gov
    • Consider how innovation and technology can help your teams (and partner with other stakeholders)
    • Consider having an innovation team member “shadow” responders for a day to identify places where technology could help
    • Consider testing an emerging or existing tool as part of a training or exercise

    Survivors can also:

    • Share your story with us at disastertech@ostp.gov
    • Consider how innovation and technology can help you
    • Join a virtual network to access information and resources
    • Have a conversation with innovation experts and other stakeholders interested in providing assistance

    Journalists can also:

    • Help capture stories from survivors, first responders, and other stakeholders
    • Identify and share insight about opportunities where technology and innovation are needed
    • Distill and share information in the wake of a disaster

    Volunteers can also:

    • Consider how innovation and technology can help you serve communities before, during, and after disasters
    • Share your story with us at disastertech@ostp.gov
    • Consider both in-person and digital volunteering
    • Consider using technology to better organize your volunteer network

    Some highlights:

    • "Types of Disasters" Landing Pages: Categorizes open data sets, apps, and tools to make relevant resources easier to find.
    • Apps & Tools: The portal includes apps and tools that can be deployed at minimal cost by first responders, emergency managers, volunteer organizations, survivors, and other stakeholders. The apps and tools featured were presented at the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Demo Day
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  • What did you do for National Preparedness Month?

    We're half way through October, with Ebola, Bats, Ghouls and Goblins on our mind.

    Disaster-Survival-GearLet's take a look back at September. September was National Preparedness Month. We spent all of September and most of August bring you information about disaster, survival, preparedness... Sure, this was about getting ready and leading up to America's PrepareAthon on September 30th - but there's a bigger goal. As part of the National Preparedness Community and as Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, it is our goal to help heighten awareness, self-reliance, and preparedness for whatever may come you way - year-round. Just because we aren't inundating you with Survival Tips this Month, don't forget to "be Ready" ever day. See all the great information in our National Preparedness Month Blog

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    What did you do for National Preparedness Month? 

    Thanks to you, this year's National Preparedness Month was our most successful yet! Millions of American's took action to be disaster aware and helped us spread the word about the importance of preparedness in our homes, workplaces and communities at large. Here are just a few examples of the great things that happened last month!

    In September, Ohio based organization Veteran's First held a lunch time speaking engagement with Retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, discussing the readiness of South East Ohio veteran population and to coordinate assistance in case of emergency. The veterans in South East Ohio are eager to volunteer on a group effort, to be of benefit to their community at large in case of disaster or emergency.
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    On Tuesday September 23, 2014, Orange County, California tested the AlertOC emergency mass notification system. Twenty different cities within the county participated in the system scheduled mass outreach. Members of the Laguna Niguel CERT Team staffed the Public Information Hotline to take calls from Orange County Community members. To put things in perspective, over 30,000 calls went out for the City of Laguna Niguel alone.

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    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:

    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Keep cash on hand
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!
    Located at Matanuska-Susitna College in Anchorage, AK, the 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Expo had 35 exhibitors both indoors and outdoors including the state of Alaska's earthquake simulator, live fire extinguisher training, and a classroom set up as a Disaster Experience. They planned for 6 months and had a Healthy Communities Grant and local business supporters. Building on lessons learned from previous years, this year's Expo featured interactive training had many activities for children including a poster contest supported by the schools with prizes awarded by the mayor at a Borough Assembly meeting.
  • Today is America's PrepareAthon 2014

    Participating in America’s PrepareAthon! is easy and inexpensive. Your organization can participate in several ways:

    • Hold discussions and drills to explain workplace plans and policies and to motivate your employees, students, congregants, and volunteers to be better prepared at home.
    • Conduct a table-top exercise with leaders and managers to take steps as an organization to increase your readiness.
    • Promote America’s PrepareAthon! throughout your networks.

    Why Participate

    America’s PrepareAthon! enables individuals and organizations to prepare for specific hazards through informative presentations, group discussions and activities, and tabletop exercises. Organizations have tremendous influence on their members and constituents when it comes to preparing for a disaster. For example, when employers encourage employees to be prepared for disasters, employees are 75 percent more likely to take action. And with more than 63 percent of the U.S. population aged 16 or older in the labor force, the workplace is one of the most effective environments for educating and encouraging people to take steps to be ready for disasters.

    Participating in America’s PrepareAthon! will benefit your workplace or community organization by helping you to:

    • Increase knowledge of safety policies and procedures;
    • Build morale and trust by demonstrating a commitment to safety and well-being;
    • Enhance organizational coordination and communication on preparedness and continuity of operations;
    • Reduce a disaster’s effects, including injury and loss of life, property or inventory damage, and financial loss from business disruption; and
    • Strengthen relationships with local emergency responders and community leaders to reach a common understanding of community risks, needs, and capabilities.

    *** Don’t miss all our great Disaster Preparedness Articles, Tips, Survival Plans, Guides and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations in the National Preparedness Month Blog

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  • America's PrepareAthon is September 30

    Disaster-Survival-GearThat's right... are you Ready? We've been spending the whole month getting prepared. ( Don’t miss all our great Disaster Preparedness Articles, Tips, Survival Plans, Guides and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations in the National Preparedness Month Blog ) Now September 30th is upon us and it's time to recognize preparedness, readiness, and our ability to deal with whatever may come our way!

    Be Aware Take Action To PrepareGot an Event planned for America's PrepareAthon? Want to attend a scheduled Preparedness Event?

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    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:

    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Keep cash on hand
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!
  • Prepare & Share

    OK - National Preparedness Month is almost over... and we'll end with a bang on 9/30 with America's PrepareAthon...

    You've done your part, right?

    You are Prepared at Home, at Work, and in your Car... now what?

    TEACH OTHERS!

    Once you’ve prepared yourself and your family, become a leader in preparedness.

    Teach others to be prepared and serve as an advocate for safety and emergency preparedness within your community.  Join the National Preparedness Coalition to get outreach resources, sample social media messages, and connect with other 'leaders in preparedness' around the county.

    In your outreach, we also encourage you to use resources like FEMA’s Are You Ready? Guide. The guide also has a Facilitator component (available to order through the FEMA Distribution Warehouse) and will give you helpful tips while serving as a good supplemental guide for families, neighbors, colleagues, businesses, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, community organizations and other groups interested in preparing for emergencies.

    Our partner organizations also offer instructional materials for trainers and educators:

    • FEMA-Sponsored Courses - Emergency Management Institute
    • CERT Training – National CERT ProgramCERT
    • Stop.Think.Connect.™ - The Department of Homeland Security’s national cybersecurity awareness campaignStop.Think.Connect. offers free resources for leading cybersecurity awareness activities and presentations for groups of all ages.
    • Crime Prevention Presentations - National Crime Prevention Council
    • Community Disaster Educator Certification - You can also lead by serving in an outreach and communications role.  Join our preparedness coalitions and look for local activities that are a part of these events:  National Preparedness Month, Resolve to be Ready, Minor League Baseball and more.

    Make your pledge to preparedness known by promoting your efforts and activities through local media and other promotional opportunities.  Being a leader means you are getting the word out – influence others to prepare by sharing your success as a community leader and providing opportunities for others to Get Involved.

    *** Don’t miss all our great Disaster Preparedness Articles, Tips, Survival Plans, Guides and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations in the National Preparedness Month Blog

  • What have you done for National Preparedness Month?

    No matter who you are - take at least one step forward toward Preparedness...

    What is National Preparedness Month all about? Getting ready. For what? For whatever may come your way.

    Disaster-Survival-GearIndividuals: Prepare your home, prepare your car, check your batteries. Have a Family? Prepare the kids... think about the Grandparents... How about your pets?

    Businesses: Raise awareness. Share Information. Prepare your facility to shelter in place.

    National Preparedness Month culminates in America's PrepareAthon on September 30th... DO SOMETHING!

    Get Involved.

    Don’t miss all our great Disaster Preparedness Articles, Tips, Survival Plans, Guides and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations in the National Preparedness Month Blog 

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