America’s PrepareAthon (AP!) is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience. Each spring and fall, America’s PrepareAthon will provide a national focus for individuals, organizations and communities to participate through drills, group discussions and exercises to prepare for local hazards.
On April 30th, Americans are asked to implement one simple preparedness action to mitigate their risk and reduce their vulnerability to one of the following hazards: tornado, hurricane, flood, and wildfire. America’s PrepareAthon (AP!) is an opportunity for organizations like yours to prepare for emergencies and disasters through drills, group discussions, or exercises.
Here is how you can participate:
- Develop and practice your communication plan. Make sure your organization has a communications plan in place in case an emergency happens. Practice your emergency notification systems and encourage your staff to update their personal emergency contacts.
- Hold a mass evacuation drill or shelter in place. Drills not only prepare your staff for the unexpected but also allow your organization to practice, assess and improve emergency response plans and on-the-ground operations before a disaster occurs. Visit www.ready.gov/business for resources on how to prepare your organization through a communications plan or drill.
- Register your preparedness efforts on the America’s PrepareAthon! website (www.ready.gov/prepare) to make your organization part of the biggest preparedness effort in the United States.
To move people to action, the President, through Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-8), has directed all federal agencies to work with their stakeholders across the country to “coordinate a comprehensive campaign to build and sustain national preparedness, including public outreach and community-based and private-sector programs to enhance national resilience…”
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.