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  • Spring Can Bring Severe Weather

    Severe weather can strike at any time. Are you prepared? Severe weather can strike at any time. Are you prepared?

    April showers bring May flowers, but you should be prepared for possible severe spring weather, too. This can include tornadoes, lightning, and floods.

    Prepare your family for spring weather hazards while at home or traveling with information from the National Weather Service. Learn how to prepare and respond to the hazards most common during springtime by clicking any of the links below:

    • Severe Weather/Tornadoes
    Floods
    Lightning
    Tsunamis
    Rip Currents/Beach Hazards
    Heat

    Find additional flood and tornado preparedness information on the Prepareathon (formerly America’s PrepareAthon!) website

  • National PrepareAthon

    Do your #weekend plans include making an #emergency kit? This Saturday is the Spring National PrepareAthon. Get Ready - we have everything you need for Emergency Disaster Survival Preparedness!

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  • September is National Preparedness Month: Week 5

    It's not over! We are now in the fifth week of National Preparedness Month ...it's a long Month , which is all the better to help us all focus on being prepared for the inevitable,

    This week we're getting ready for America’s PrepareAthon - a Nationwide Recognition Day acknowledging preparedness for disaster... whatever calamity it may be.

    Week 5 (September 27 – 30) of National Preparedness Month (NPM) gets communities ready for National PrepareAthon! Day. On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, join the nation in moving from awareness to action as communities prepare for hazards that impact their areas the most.

    Everyone should participate in this national effort to prepare for disasters. There are many activities happening around the country in which you can participate. Find them using the advanced search or in the activities list on the America’s PrepareAthon! website. You can also plan your own activity using ideas from the 10 Ways to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon! infographic:AP_10ways

    As you complete an activity, be sure to add it to the website to be counted as one of the millions of preparedness actions people are taking in support of the campaign. You can also choose to be publicly recognized on the website as an America’s PrepareAthon! campaign supporter when you add your activity.

    The theme for NPM 2015 is Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. Create your plan by completing the all-new Family Emergency Communication Plan. Handy wallet cards are also available so your family can have important contact information while on the go.

  • Dorothy: this is Kansas. #HurricanePrep #PrepareAthon

    Hurricane Preparedness in Kansas? Yep. Everywhere.

    Inland Flooding can occur far in from the coasts, and Hurricanes can cause rising water in rivers and tributaries feeding open water.

    OK, so perhaps not Kansas (however, our Tornado Safety information may be timely for Mid-Westerners!) But take inland flooding seriously... Hurricane Preparedness means inland safety as well - not just the coastlines.

    Inland Flooding_2Don’t get caught by dangerous flood waters, have an evacuation plan!

    • You may have to evacuate quickly due to a hurricane. Learn your evacuation routes & identify where you will stay #HurricanePrep
    • If you rely on public transportation, contact your local emergency management agency about evac info ahead of a hurricane. #PrepareAthon
    • Hurricanes can cause extensive flood damage in coastal & inland areas- Make a #HurricanePrep plan: www.Ready.gov/hurricanes
    • Turn around, don’t drown. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including trucks and SUVs #HurricanePrep
    • Driving through flooded roadways is dangerous. Check out this @NWS public service announcement to see why: http://bit.ly/1Ggz3PH
    • Flooding is common after a hurricane, prepare your family with the How to Prepare for a Flood guide! 1.usa.gov/1hopADX #HurricanePrep.

    Disaster, Survival, Preparation

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    Disaster, Survival, & Preparation!
    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!
  • Family Preparedness Webinar

    On Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 2 P.M. Eastern Time America’s PrepareAthon! is hosting a webinar, “Easy Ways to Help Prepare Your Family for Disasters.”  The webinar panelists are mothers and well-known bloggers. They will offer valuable insights on preparedness and give their perspective on actions you can take before a disaster strikes. Let’s meet the panelists:

    PrepareathonShelle Wells is a preparedness enthusiast and blogger who is passionate about spreading the disaster preparedness message. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and started her blog in 2012 during National Preparedness Month which takes place every September. Shelle works to “take the scared out of being prepared” by offering readers easy-to-do preparedness skills on her website three times a week. For the webinar, Shelle will discuss how to assemble and update your emergency supplies with a shopping checklist. Follow Shelle on Twitter at @PreparednessMa.

    Erica Mueller is the owner of the Mom Prepares website.  In addition, she is a part-time web developer who has a love for all things information technology. Erica is a huge fan of cloud computing, especially when it comes to backing up important documents, files, and photos. For the webinar, Erica has chosen to discuss how to collect and safeguard critical documents using both physical and online solutions. Follow Erica and her website team on Twitter at @MomPrepares.

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    Tanya Ferraro is no stranger to disaster preparedness. She is the Training and Exercise Coordinator for the Fairfax County Health Department. In addition, she coordinated three Medical Reserve Corps units from southwest to central Virginia. She is a member of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and a champion of the Virtual Operations Support Team (VOST) model in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Tanya is passionate about educating, motivating, and training others to care about their own preparedness. During the presentation, Tanya will discuss how to develop and test emergency communications plans. Follow Tanya on Twitter at @tjlasagna.

    FEMA_PrepareAthon Poster_Flood Artwork-500Shelly Lopez-Gray works as a clinical nurse coordinator for Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women and a labor and delivery nurse for Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital. During the webinar, Shelly will discuss disaster preparedness for pregnant women and parents with infants. Follow Shelly on Twitter at @shellylopezgray.

    We hope you’re able to join the conversation. Closed captioning will be provided. Register today!

    Read more:

    The importance of creating a family emergency communication plan

  • What is America’s PrepareAthon! and How to Participate

    Join Us for a Community Preparedness TweetChat

    As Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, we would like to invite you to tweet your way to Preparedness!

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    Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015

    Time: 2-3 PM Eastern Time

    Twitter Hashtag: #PrepareAthon

    Research has shown knowing what to do when a disaster strikes is critical, especially when seconds matter the most. But it takes practice. Practicing what to do, where to go, and how to stay safe during an emergency empowers individuals and the entire community.

    America’s PrepareAthon!SM was launched in 2013 as a national, grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific group discussions, drills, and exercises. Millions of Americans participate in America’s PrepareAthon! adding to the national momentum of preparedness. To learn more about this exciting initiative and how you can participate, we invite you to join a special TweetChat: 

    Facilitators: Mary Jo Flynn, @maryjofly and Kevin Sur, @rusnivek

    Disaster-SurvivalTwo well-known emergency managers, Mary Jo Flynn (@maryjofly) and Kevin Sur (@rusnivek) will lead a conversation with communities and organizations from around the country who have participated in America’s PrepareAthon! activities previously or plan to participate in an upcoming event. Some participants will include:

    • City of Orlando;
    • Evac2Go;
    • Georgia Emergency Management Agency;
    • NYC Office of Emergency Management;
    • Prince George’s County (MD) Office of Emergency Management;
    • Ready Montana;
    • Red Cross Denver;
    • Shake Out;
    • Smyrna, Georgia

    and many more.

    Join the conversation or follow along using #PrepareAthon.

  • You’re Invited to a Special TweetChat: #PrepareAthon

    On Thursday, February 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, emergency managers will host a special TweetChat titled “What is America’s PrepareAthon! and How to Participate.” Join the chat to learn more about this national, grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific group discussions, drills, and exercises.

    FEMADuring the conversation, you can also connect with preparedness groups, businesses, emergency managers, and city officials about the campaign, disaster preparedness efforts, and how to take action. Hear from communities and organizations around the country who have participated in America’s PrepareAthon! activities previously or are planning to participate in an upcoming event. Ask questions related to preparing your own community, and begin planning your own America’s PrepareAthon! event.

    Join in or follow along using #PrepareAthon. You can also help spread the word about the TweetChat on your social media outlets by sharing this message: “We’re joining the #PrepareAthon conversation on 2/26 at 2PM ET to learn how to increase community preparedness and so should you!”

    Prepare and Endure! Disaster, Survival, & Preparation!
    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, too, you should Check your Emergency Supplies:
    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!
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  • 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

  • 5 Million Americans

    5,091,940 Participated in America's PrepareAthon day of action yesterday. The PrepareAthon is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted at the national level every fall and spring.

    Don't wait for the next PrepareAthon... get ready now - remember that National Preparedness Month is coming up in September and more importantly, Disasters strike with no warning so you should be ready every day.Prepper

    Disaster, Survival, Preparation

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    72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Supplies for Earthquake, Hurricane, Tornado, Twister, Nuclear Disasters, Wilderness Survival & More… C.E.R.T. & F.E.M.A.
    Disaster, Survival, & Preparation!
    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!

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  • Be Ready and Resilient

    America’s first PrepareAthon! National Day of Action is April 30. I encourage organizations and people across the country to participate.  America’s PrepareAthon is a new campaign to increase every community’s ability to withstand disasters.

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    In 2012, natural disasters caused more than 450 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries. Every disaster holds the potential to impact health, but most people are still unprepared for emergencies. In the 2012 Federal Emergency Management Agency National Survey, only 39 percent of people reported having a household emergency plan, which included instructions for household members on where to go and what to do in an emergency.

    When we prepare and practice for an emergency in advance of the event, it makes a real difference in the whole community’s ability to take immediate and informed action. In turn, this enables everyone impacted to recover more quickly. In addition, participating in drills, exercises, and trainings help establish brain patterns that support quick and effective action during an emergency.Prepper

    This spring, America’s PrepareAthon! will focus on learning how to protect yourself and your family, how to help your co-workers, and how to participate in community plans for emergencies such as tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and wildfires. This targeted national call to action highlights simple, specific steps individuals and organizations should take to increase their preparedness for a potential local disaster.

    America’s PrepareAthon! provides instructions for educational discussions and simple drills for a range of disasters. The instructions will help employees, students, and organization members understand which disasters could happen in the community, what to do to stay safe, and how to take action to prepare and participate in making one’s community more resilient.

    In addition, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has developed a video game and a video to help health care providers with disaster preparedness.

    Building and sustaining resilience is a shared responsibility. It takes a whole community working together to prepare for, respond to, and recover effectively from the destructive forces of nature and other emergencies.

    Your organization can find preparedness guides and resources to help your workplace, school, house of worship, community-based organization, and the whole community practice specific preparedness activities necessary to stay safe before, during, and after an emergency.

    Learn more about how your organization can play a role in your community’s readiness and resilience. Visit www.ready.gov/prepare. Plan an event for the national day of action and register it today.

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