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Celebrating National Night Out

Are you ready for National Night Out ? On August 2, 2016, join this annual campaign promoting police-community partnerships and camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer.

Building safer neighborhoods also includes preparing those communities for disaster. Celebrate National Night Out by volunteering with your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Citizen Corps , or its partner programs . Through these organizations, you can learn about opportunities to help support first responders during emergencies. There are Citizen Corps partner programs to fit a variety of interests, including

  • Medical Reserve Corps;
  • Neighborhood Watch & Volunteers in Police Service;
  • Civil Air Patrol; and
  • Veterans Active in Citizen Corps.

For a full list of programs, and to learn more, visit . Then, enter your zip code to find local programs in your area today!


Wildfire Evacuation Plans

If a wildfire was headed your way, would you know what to do? According to America's PrepareAthon ! the best action to protect yourself and your family when a wildfire threatens your area is to evacuate.

To ensure you will be able to evacuate quickly, you need to plan ahead. America's PrepareAthon! offers these tips for a safe evacuation, including:

  • Know your community's local evacuation plan and identify several escape routes for your location in case roads are blocked; include plans to evacuate people with disabilities and others with access or functional needs, as well as pets, service animals, and livestock;
  • Make a list of items you need or want to take with you. Be sure to remember the Five P's Of Evacuation: People, Prescriptions, Papers, Personal Needs, and Priceless Items; and
  • If you will evacuate by car, keep your car fueled and in good condition. Keep emergency supplies and a change of clothes in your car.

When driving away from a fire:

  • Roll up windows and close air vents because smoke from a fire can irritate your eyes and respiratory system;
  • Drive slowly with your headlights on because smoke can reduce visibility;
  • Watch for other vehicles, pedestrians, and fleeing animals; and
  • Avoid driving through heavy smoke, if possible.

For more information about preparing for wildfires, download the How to Prepare for a Wildfire guide from America's PrepareAthon!

The FEMA app is another great resource to help you prepare for wildfires and other hazards.  Download the FEMA app today to receive safety reminders, alerts from the National Weather Service, and more!


Delmarva Power PrepareAthon!

Creating a disaster-prepared nation begins with creating disaster-prepared communities. On May 10, 2016, FEMA and America's PrepareAthon! participated in Delmarva Power's Hurricane Season Preparedness Symposium for Customers with Disabilities, Caregivers, and Service Providers.

More than 100 members and advocates for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs gathered at Delmarva Power's Conference Center in Newark, Delaware for a morning of presentations and demonstrations designed to help people prepare for hurricane season.

FEMA, America's PrepareAthon!, the American Red Cross, and Delmarva Power teamed up to address power outage readiness, personal preparedness and generator safety. The information focused on people with access and functional needs, people with disabilities, caregivers, and service providers throughout Delaware. In addition, Delmarva Power assisted people in attendance with signing up for their Emergency Medical Notifications and provided a live electrical safety demonstration.


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