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National PrepareAthon! Day is September 30

Tomorrow is National PrepareAthon! Day.

Millions of Americans will take action in support of the America's PrepareAthon! campaign which helps individuals, families, and communities prepare for natural disasters like earthquakes , floods , hurricanes , tornadoes , wildfires , and winter storms . The campaign also prepares communities for active shooter incidents.

Everyone is encouraged to participate including businesses, faith-based organizations, and schools. Download customizable logos, checklists, surveys, and certificates of completion to show your support. You can also use the hazard-specific How to Prepare guides, Playbooks, and other resources to maximize your events.

Remember, when you complete an activity, please add it to the America's PrepareAthon! website. You can also share pictures of your PrepareAthon! activities and events with us using #PrepareAthon on Twitter and Facebook.

Happy National PrepareAthon! Day!


Join the #DisasterSimWY Facebook Live Broadcast

Join Prepare Wyoming and its partners on Facebook for a live broadcast tomorrow at 2 PM MT/ 4 PM ET . The broadcast will share the value of taking action around preparedness and feature a disaster simulation. Partners will offer preparedness tips that are easy to replicate and practice at home, leveraging the 10 Ways to Participate in America's PrepareAthon! . Partner agencies will also answer viewer questions asked during the broadcast. Viewers can access the broadcast on the America's PrepareAthon! Facebook page. 


America's PrepareAthon! Highlights

Many communities have held preparedness events and activities throughout the years in support of America's PrepareAthon! If you need ideas for organizing a community-wide event or activity, check out the “News” page on the America's PrepareAthon! website for stories from houses of worship, community organizations, and businesses that took specific actions to prepare for disasters.

For example, The Potter's House , a megachurch near Dallas, TX held a tabletop exercise to prepare thousands of members for a tornado. Participants used the America's PrepareAthon! Tornado Playbook to guide the exercise and ensure everyone knew how to respond if a tornado struck near the church.

And in New Jersey, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Center of Essex and Hudson Counties , a program of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, NJ collaborated with the United Way of Hudson County and the Secaucus Senior Center to assemble 200 disaster kits for local homebound seniors to use in the event of future emergencies. RSVP hosted this event in support of America's PrepareAthon! 


Coming Soon: Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills

Earthquakes may happen where we work, live, or travel.  Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills  are an opportunity for everyone, everywhere, to practice earthquake safety and other aspects of emergency plans. The goal of ShakeOut is to prevent earthquakes from becoming major catastrophes, by encouraging the whole community to take preparedness actions together. That's why ShakeOut is a major partner of America's PrepareAthon!

The 2016 International ShakeOut day is October 20, when millions of people worldwide will hold earthquake drills in schools, organizations, communities, and households. Hold your ShakeOut drill on 10/20 or any other day of the year.

Visit to register your participation, find resources, and learn more. Then invite friends, family, and colleagues to participate in #ShakeOut too!


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