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Join Us for National PrepareAthon! Day

Mark your calendars. You're invited to National PrepareAthon! Day.

On Saturday, April 30 , individuals and communities across the United States will take action to prepare for emergencies. You and your family are invited to participate in this grassroots effort for preparedness action. There are several ways to take action:

Leading up to and directly after National PrepareAthon! Day, hazard-specific weeks will provide a springboard for a variety of topics that energize individuals, families, communities, and emergency preparedness professionals to take action through preparedness activities.   Follow @PrepareAthon on Twitter and this e-Brief for hazard-specific information and tips during the following weeks:

  • April 10 – 16: Flood Awareness Week
  • April 17 – 23: Tornado Awareness Week
  • April 24 – 30: Lead-up to National PrepareAthon! Day
  • May 1 – 7: Lead-up to National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
  • May 15 – 21: Hurricane Awareness Week
  • May 22 – 28: Extreme Heat Week

We encourage you to participate throughout April and May no matter what hazard you're most at risk for in your area .

For ideas on what you can do, visit to read preparedness stories , participate in events in your area , access customizable resources , and register your preparedness activities .


America's PrepareAthon! is Now on Facebook

America's PrepareAthon! is now on Facebook.  Give our page a thumb's up at

Check out the America's PrepareAthon! Facebook page to get tips and other information on how to protect yourself and your family in an emergency situation. You'll also find photos and videos on how individuals and communities are working together to prepare for disasters.

If you see information you appreciate, be sure to like, comment, and share it with your family and friends.  

Don't keep it to yourself. Tell everyone – your family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors – to like the page as well.


Live Broadcast: Preparing Your Finances for an Emergency

America's PrepareAthon! will conduct a Periscope live broadcast on Wednesday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m. EDT to discuss financial preparedness.

Preparedness is not exclusive to building a disaster kit, developing an emergency family communication plan, or signing up for weather alerts. Disaster planning also includes how you'll manage your personal financial documentation.

During the live broadcast, financial and insurance industry professionals from Experian and Property Casualty Insurers of America will discuss how you can safeguard sensitive personal documents, including passports, social security cards, marriage licenses, or other records. The panelists will also talk about how to properly insure your property and possessions.

Periscope is a free, live video streaming mobile application that is compatible with the Apple (iOS) and Android (Google) mobile operating systems. To join the live broadcast, the application must be enabled on your mobile device. 

For more information on financial preparedness, check out the America's PrepareAthon!  guide on documenting and insuring your property. Be sure to follow @PrepareAthon on Periscope and share with your family and friends. 


Webinar: Discussing America's PrepareAthon! with Tribal Communities

On Thursday, April 7 , FEMA will host a webinar to provide an overview of America's PrepareAthon! and offer ways tribal communities can participate in this grassroots, community-based preparedness campaign. Hosted by the Individual and Community Preparedness Division and Office of External Affairs, Tribal Affairs, the webinar will showcase preparedness efforts from tribal communities.

Title: Discussing America's PrepareAthon! with Tribal Communities

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Featured Speakers:                                 

  • Cruz Ponce , 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!


Webinar: Moving from Awareness to Action with America's PrepareAthon!

On Wednesday, April 13 , FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division invites you to a webinar to discuss preparedness events communities can organize to participate in America's PrepareAthon! Hear from speakers who planned whole community events.

Title: Moving from Awareness to Action with America's PrepareAthon!

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Featured Speakers:                                 

  • Dr. Beth R. Stewart , Dean of Arts and Sciences, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Dale Lane , Director, Shelby County  Office of Preparedness 
  • Mary Carlson , Senior Manager, Training and Exercises, Amtrak Emergency Management & Corporate Security
  • Representative from the City of Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management

How to Join the Webinar: 

We hope that you will be able to join us on April 13! 


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