September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). All across the country, federal, state, local and tribal governments, community organizations, and members of the private sector have embraced NPM and America’s PrepareAthon! by planning events that will help their community to be more prepared in the event of a wildfire, hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake or winter storm.
There is still time to plan or participate in an event in your area before the National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30. Below are some events happening throughout the country in September. For more information, visit www.ready.gov/prepare.
Across the Country
In Kansas, the Manhattan-Ogden School District has joined America’s PrepareAthon! and the city of Manhattan, Kansas, designating the months of September and October as official “America’s PrepareAthon! Months” throughout the city. On September 22-23, the school district will kick-off a series of America’s PrepareAthon! activities by sponsoring a number of Manhattan School Preparedness Workshops in several elementary and middle schools throughout the district.
The Heart of Texas Council of Governments will host their PrepareAthon! Day of Action by conducting a series of drills and exercises on September 23. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) will receive a call-down message that will deploy them into a full-scale exercise, sending them into various locations across the regional area to set up outreach booths promoting preparedness and the PrepareAthon! campaign.
In New York City, there is a call for donated items that will culminate on September 30, at which time the donations will be collected. In early October, NYC community emergency response teams will use the donated items to assemble Go- Bags and will distribute them to residents located in high risk flood zone areas on October 27, the two year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.
In the Private Sector
Three Home Depot stores in Kansas and Missouri are partnering with FEMA Region VII to sponsor the region’s first “Partners in Preparedness” expo for store employees and patrons. More than 100 Home Depot and FEMA employees will participate in the expo on September 25 providing preparedness training, information and emergency supply kit building exercises for an expected reach of more than 4,000 shoppers across the three stores.
Target is partnering with the Los Angeles Emergency Management Division to host a preparedness fair in downtown Los Angeles, which will focus on simple steps to be prepared at work and at home on Friday, September 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Register Events with America’s PrepareAthon!
Visit the America’s PrepareAthon! website and register preparedness events and activities via the online form. By registering and adding your numbers, participants demonstrate how the nation is moving towards becoming more prepared. Registering as an America’s PrepareAthon! community member also provides participants access to exclusive resources, communities of practice, regional groups, national forms, and updates from FEMA and emergency management personnel. After registering, plan to check back within two to three days to verify the event has been added and take a moment to see what others community members have planned for National PrepareAthon! Day.
Preparedness activities are important to creating a more resilient Nation and should be counted. Be sure to register for America’s PrepareAthon! today.