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National Preparedness Day with FEMA director

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Life Lessons features FEMA Deputy Administrator Tim Manning OR

Director of the National Weather Service Dr. Louis Uccellini OR

FEMA Director of Individual & Community Preparedness Division Gwen Camp


April 30 is National PrepareAthon! Day, a day where individuals, communities, businesses, schools and houses of worship around the country hold preparedness discussions, conduct drills and take easy steps to prepare for local hazards.


Despite the devastation that hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and other natural disasters have caused in recent years, nearly 60 percent of surveyed Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise at their workplace, school or home in the past year.


America’s PrepareAthon!? is a grassroots campaign for action to get families, organizations and whole communities better prepared for emergencies. The campaign offers easy-to-use preparedness guides, checklists and resources to know how to prepare for common natural hazards and to take action, including downloading alerts and warnings, holding a drill or safeguarding critical documents. For more information, visit ready.gov/prepare.

~ The America’s PrepareAthon! Campaign: Why emergency preparedness is so important and where to find resources

~ Practicing Preparedness: The actions organizations and families can take to be prepared for a disaster

~ Your Community: Learn what’s happening in your area