Last year is an important reminder to all of us that join us for America’s PrepareAthon!
Nearly every region of the country experienced some form of extreme weather event, including winter storms in the Midwest/Southeast/Northeast regions, flooding in the Northeast and Michigan, tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest/Southeast/Northeast and severe weather throughout the Rockies/Plains/South regions.
As with many life events, preparation is the key to success. When you prepare and practice for an emergency in advance of an event, it makes a real difference in your ability to take immediate and informed action when it matters most. Early action can also help you to recover more quickly.
That’s why thousands of individuals, organizations, schools, houses of worship, and local governments across the Nation are actively participating in America’s PrepareAthon! (ready.gov/prepare); a movement to increase individual and community preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and exercises. This year, CRS Temporary Housing is supporting this action-based initiative by conducting its own PrepareAthon! Day on April 30th.
Can’t participate on April 30th? Preparing for disasters is a year-round activity. So pick a date that works for you and register to be counted. And be sure to post your preparedness activities on the national calendar.
It’s not a matter of if the next disaster will happen, but when. Start taking action and prepare now! Simple steps such as having a discussion and/or conducting a quick drill can help determine what you need to do next to become more prepared. Be smart, take part, and prepare for emergencies before they strike!