It’s National PrepareAthon Day!

Emergency Supply Checklist kitWould you believe that  60% of American adults haven’t practiced what to do in a disaster? That’s the result of a FEMA survey — which says those adults haven’t participated in any kind of emergency drill in their home, school, or workplace in the last year.

Just as startling: only 39% of respondents have developed an emergency plan and discussed it with their household.

To boost those numbers, FEMA is encouraging everyone to make April 30 National PrepareAthon Day, a day to prepare families and communities to stay safe before, during, and after emergencies by practicing simple actions, such as:

  • Signing up for local text alerts and downloading weather apps on smartphones
  • Developing an emergency communication plan, to help families and employees keep in touch if a disaster strikes and they are in different locations
  • Collecting important documents in a safe place
  • Packing emergency supply “go bags” to evacuate quickly and have supplies ready.

For more ways to participate in the PrepareAthon, click here.

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