FEMA Unveils First Annual PrepareAthon
Charleston, WVa.—This month, FEMA will begin to unveil its new PrepareAthon campaign, a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience.
Events will be held during both the spring and fall that will allow individuals, organizations and communities to prepare for various disaster situations through drills, discussion and exercises.
FEMA’s website describes the campaign as actionable and measurable. Just like you practiced fire drills in school, you can practice what to do in any emergency situation.
April 30, 2014 is America’s first official PrepareAthon national day of action. This year’s focus is looking at environmental threats. Communities are encouraged to select disaster situations that specifically relate to their region. With the weather beginning to warm up a bit and more folks starting to go camping, burn brush or just enjoy their fire pits, the WV Center for Threat Preparedness will be focusing on fire safety and wildfires during this first session.
Also, May is Wildfire Preparedness Month according to FEMA’s 12-month preparedness campaign calendar. FEMA will unveil its official PrepareAthon website on March 31. Until then, find out more information at http://www.ready.gov/prepare or keep checking here for the latest news. Together, we can all be prepared and promote fire safety.