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AARP Salutes FEMA’s National PrepareAthon! Day

As we end National Preparedness Month, here are some tips to keep you and your loved ones safe during a natural disaster

AARP Salutes FEMA’s National PrepareAthon! Day


FEMA encourages families to organize drills and build emergency kits.

Everyone should be better prepared for unexpected emergencies and disasters. Preparing ahead of time can help bring peace of mind that you and your family will be ready for the unexpected.

Friday, Sept. 30, is National PrepareAthon! Day. Millions of Americans will take action in support of the America’s PrepareAthon!, a community-based grassroots campaign that helps individuals, families and communities prepare for natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and winter storms. The campaign also prepares communities for active shooter incidents.

FEMA encourages you to gather your family, friends, colleagues and loved ones by visiting its website and learning more about how to organize drills and build emergency kits. Once you complete an activity, please add it to the America’s PrepareAthon! website. You can also share pictures of your activities and events using #PrepareAthon on Twitter and Facebook.  

FEMA’s theme for this year’s National Preparedness Month theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” We know that disasters don’t always occur when we are together with our family and friends, and so it’s important to take time to plan what you will do in an emergency. Now is the right time to make a family emergency communication plan

Here are some other tips that can help you and your family be better prepared:

  • Download the free FEMA app for disaster resources and safety tips in English and Spanish. The app allows you to sign up for weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the country. It’s an easy way to get weather updates on parents and family who live out of town and kids who are away at college, or for when you’re traveling.
  • Have an emergency supply kit with food, water, medication, batteries and important documents. These are just some of the basic emergency supplies you’ll want to have ready in a kit that you can grab quickly if you had to leave your home quickly. Take some time to make a list of the things you would need or want to take with you, including cash.
  • Practice your preparedness. Whether it’s your family holding a fire drill or testing your communication plan, you are building “muscle memory” so you will know what to do during an actual emergency.

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