US: National day of action - Preparathon

Meeting or Conference
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); United States Geological Survey (USGS)
30 Apr 2014
United States of America (Multiple locations, check event website)
30 Sep 2014
United States of America (Multiple locations, check event website)
America’s PrepareAthon! is a campaign encouraging people across the nation to practice preparedness actions before a disaster or emergency strikes. This is an opportunity for individuals, organizations and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions and exercises. The campaign focuses on two National Days of Action. The first will take place on April 30, 2014, and will revolve around preparing for wildfires, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. A second day of action will be held on September 30, with a focus on earthquakes, hazardous materials, pandemic flu and winter weather. This is a collaborative campaign among the federal family, combining the expertise of many government agencies. America’s PrepareAthon! is directed as part of President Obama’s Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is leading the effort, leveraging the resources of the Ready Campaign and many years of experience by members of the National Preparedness Community. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is one of the supporters and contributors to the campaign. What Exactly Should You Do? Involvement in America’s PrepareAthon! is simple and open to everyone, with more than five million participants already registered. Interested participants have two options for getting involved. Simply sign up online and register your own participation or opt to join community events. Those joining should commit to taking at least one specific step toward being prepared for a potential hazard. Plan a local community or organizational preparedness event, or participate in discussion forums online with like-minded community members. Customizable promotional materials as well as participation guides are available online. This includes information for individuals, families, workplaces, K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, houses of worship and community-based organizations.

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Target audience

Anyone living in the USA

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