Is your community prepared?
You can begin by participating in America’s PrepareAthon! Host an emergency preparedness event on September 30, National Preparathon Day. Register your event at http://community.fema.gov/ and let everyone know how you plan to participate.
Some examples on how you can educate your community on emergency preparedness:
For OEM, Government Organizations and Companies:
- Organize Tabletop Exercises for the following six hazards: earthquakes, winter storms, floods, wildfires, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
- Hold Emergency Preparedness Discussion Within Your Organization. Evaluate how prepared your community is for disaster and improve your plans accordingly.
- Distribute Preparedness Information to Your Employees or Community. Take this opportunity to distribute information to the public, providing tips on what to do to before and after an emergency.
Ideas to Educate Employees or Community Members:
- Create a Family Communication Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another. Think about how you will communicate in different situations.
- Make a Disaster Kit. You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days.
- Know Evacuation Routes. Educate people on how to evacuate a building or their area. Knowing evacuation routes is essential for quickly escaping a dangerous situation or impending hazards.
Find resources here: http://community.fema.gov/take-action/hazards