The Federal Emergency Management Administration is encouraging citizens, organizations and schools across the United States to get involved in the national day of action America's PrepareAthon! on Sept. 30.
America's PrepareAthon! is a campaign aimed at increasing emergency preparedness within U.S. communities through group discussions, emergency drills and exercises every fall and spring.
According to a recent FEMA survey, 50 percent of Americans do not have an emergency plan developed for their family. The survey also found that approximately 70 percent of Americans have not participated in an emergency drill in the past two years.
“Disasters can strike anytime and anywhere,” FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said. “America’s PrepareAthon! is about practicing what to do in an emergency with enough regularity so that it becomes second nature when the real disaster actually happens.”
In an effort to encourage Americans to be prepared for an emergency situation, the campaign offers guides, checklists and easy-to-use resources with safety tips. These tips include signing up for local emergency and weather alerts via smartphone, keeping important documents in a safe place, creating an emergency supply kit and developing an emergency communication plan for family members.