America’s PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action to better prepare people for emergencies that could strike their communities. Easy-to-use tools empower families, organizations, and communities to prepare for many common hazards, including earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and winter storms.
America’s PrepareAthon! works to build a more resilient Nation by increasing the number of people who:
- Understand which disasters could happen in their community
- Know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage
- Take action to increase their preparedness
- Participate in community resilience planning.
America’s PrepareAthon! is asking everyone to take action, be counted, and spread the word. Visit BeReadyLexington.com to find out how you and your organization can participate and register your actions.
Year round, millions of Americans participate in America’s PrepareAthon!, building the national momentum of preparedness. But twice a year, a national day of action, called National PrepareAthon! Day, focuses attention on the importance of creating a more resilient Nation by bringing together stakeholders, communities, and individuals to take preparedness action. In the fall, National PrepareAthon! Day takes place on September 30 in conjunction with National Preparedness Month. In the spring, it takes place on April 30.
Disasters and emergencies can happen at any time, often without warning. Know which disasters can happen in your community and how to prepare for them.
America’s PrepareAthon! is coordinated in collaboration with Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and private sector and nongovernmental organizations. Cities and counties across the country are planning community-wide events for America’s PrepareAthon!, bringing together schools, businesses, local government, faith leaders, hospitals, individuals and families, and others to participate in community-wide
preparedness drills and activities.
America’s PrepareAthon! 10 Ways To Participate
There are many easy and affordable ways for families, organizations, and communities to take action to be prepared
for emergencies, including:
1. Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts;
2. Develop and test emergency communication plans;
3. Assemble or update emergency supplies;
4. Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions;
5. Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class;
6. Collect and safeguard critical documents;
7. Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards;
8. Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage (mitigation);
9. Hold a scenario-based continuity of operations tabletop exercise for your organization
10. Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources