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America's PrepareAthon! Periscope: Financial Preparedness for an Emergency

America's PrepareAthon! will host a Periscope on Wednesday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m. ET , as part of Financial Literacy Month. Financial and insurance industry professionals will discuss ways to get prepared for a natural disaster, including documenting and insuring property, and safeguarding financial information.

Periscope is a live video streaming mobile application that is compatible on the Apple (iOS) and Android (Google) platform. To join the Periscope conversation, the mobile application must be downloaded and enabled on your device.

Use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK), a joint publication of FEMA Citizen Corps and Operation Hope , to help you identify your important documents, medical records, and household contracts.

Follow @PrepareAthon on Periscope and share this announcement with your family and friends. 


Don't Wait Until It's Too Late!

There are just four days left to apply or nominate someone for the 2016 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards ! If you, or someone you know, took action to prepare your community for disasters, this is the opportunity to receive national recognition.

Applicants, or those nominating others, must email their application form and supporting materials to with the subject line: 2016 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award Application by Monday, March 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET . It is important to read the Awards Application Guidance before starting the application to ensure you meet the criteria.

Apply today! The awards are a great way to highlight all of the work you do to make your community safer, better prepared, and more resilient.

Got questions about the awards? Check out the list of FAQs for more information. You can also listen to a recording of the awards webinar that provided an overview of the program and highlighted benefits of receiving this prestigious award.


Tsunami Preparedness Week

Tsunami Preparedness Week will be recognized on Sunday, March 27 – Saturday, April 2 to coincide with the Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami, which occurred on March 27, 1964.

The 1964 earthquake in Alaska  registered a 9.2 magnitude. It caused more than $2.3 billion in property loss. Due to the severity of a tsunami, everyone should know how to prepare for an earthquake, and resulting tsunami especially if you live, work, or play on the coast.

Many of the actions to prepare for a tsunami are the same as preparing for other hazards such as developing a family communication plan and creating a disaster supply kit .  

The National Weather Service also provides recommendations to help protect you and your loved ones in case a tsunami ever strikes your community:

  • Find out from your local emergency management office if there are evacuation routes identified for your community;
  • Plan to evacuate to high ground or inland, away from the coast and outside of the tsunami zone;
  • Map out evacuation routes to your safe place from your home, workplace, or other places you visit frequently;
  • Practice walking your evacuation routes, including at night and in bad weather; and
  • Find out about your children's school evacuation plans.

Check out the National Weather Service website to learn more about tsunamis and how to protect your family. 


Join the #SafetyFacts Twitter Chat

America's PrepareAthon! (@PrepareAthon) will host a Twitter  chat on Wednesday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET to discuss common preparedness myths and provide facts on how the public can prepare for disasters.

A common preparedness myth is, “It's safe to drive through a small amount of floodwater.” The truth is, it's not! During a flood, seek high ground and avoid driving through any amount of water.

Join the chat by following #SafetyFacts.

We also encourage you to tell others about the chat using the following tweet on your social media channels, " Myth or Fact? FACT: 3/30 at 2 PM ET I am joining a #SafetyFacts #Twitterchat to debunk preparedness myths.  Join me!"


Webinar: Discussing America's PrepareAthon! with Tribal Communities

On Thursday, April 7 , FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division and Office of External Affairs, Tribal Affairs invites you to a webinar focusing on disaster preparedness and resilience efforts serving tribal communities. The webinar will provide an overview of America's PrepareAthon! and offer ways tribal communities can participate in this national preparedness campaign. The webinar will also showcase preparedness efforts from a few tribal communities.  

Title: Discussing America's PrepareAthon! with Tribal Communities

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Featured Speakers:                                 

  • Teresa Gregor , InterTribal Long Term Recovery Foundation
  • Kaleigh Good , Eastern Shoshone Tribe
  • Helen Bonner , Sherman Indian High School

How to Join the Webinar:

We hope that you will be able to join us on April 7! 


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