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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity joins the Florida Division of Emergency Management in reminding all Floridians to prepare for hurricane season, which began June 1 and ends November 30. All Floridians should take the opportunity to review family and business emergency plans and restock disaster supply kits.  If you are creating your first disaster plan and supply kit, use the information and tips at for help.  You can also find information and activities for kids at

America’s PrepareAthon! Webinar

March 6, 2014

America’s PrepareAthon! Webinar

A Grassroots Campaign to Increase Individual and Community Preparedness

National campaign encourages public to practice specific preparedness actions

Dear Preparedness Partners,

Despite an increase in weather-related disasters, nearly 70 percent of Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise, aside from a fire drill, at their workplace, school, or home in the past two years (2012 FEMA National Survey).  However, we have seen that communities are better prepared to withstand an emergency and recover more quickly when everyone is involved.  In an effort to continue building resilience, the federal family is pleased to announce America’s PrepareAthon!SM, a community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness at the grassroots level in support of Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-8), National Preparedness.  We are asking your organization to join us to learn how to get involved and spread the word.

The first America’s PrepareAthon! national day of action is April 30, 2014. It will focus on preparing organizations and individuals for tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, and wild fires. America’s PrepareAthon! events and activities will be held across the country twice a year to organize community days of action and encourage individuals to discuss, practice, and train for relevant hazards.  The national days of action will be held in the spring and fall, and this year, the national days of action will be April 30, 2014 and September 30, 2014.

The federal agencies supporting America’s PrepareAthon! invite your organization to participate in a webinar to learn about the campaign and ways to be involved.  You are welcome to participate in one of the live offerings mentioned directly below.  You must register in order to access the webinar.  If you cannot make it to a live offering, each webinar will be recorded and available to view at a later time.     

America’s PrepareAthon! will leverage the resources of the Ready Campaign and the experience of members of the National Preparedness Community to continue to increase awareness of disasters and to encourage members of the public to know the corresponding protective actions. With your help, we can collectively move communities and individuals to act and become more prepared by participating in America’s PrepareAthon!

We hope that you can join us for the webinar. For questions, please contact

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