April 30, 2014 marks the first day of action in the America’s PrepareAthon. This event is an opportunity for individuals, corporations and communities alike to take steps to prepare for specific emergencies through various activities including drills, exercises, and group discussions.
An often misunderstood component of community risk reduction is that we as individuals and groups must take some responsibility for our own welfare during crisis situations that could overwhelm local emergency response resources quickly. While your local fire, police, emergency medical, emergency management and public works agencies constantly train and prepare for response to all types of hazards, the best thing you can do as a community member is to personally prepare for emergencies as well. Your personal preparation will reduce dependency on emergency response resources and in turn, free up those resources those resources to handle more severe incidents.
The first PrepareAthon event focuses on tornados, floods, wildfires, and hurricanes. What can you do to learn more about this program? Go to the following web site and join the program! It’s free, and there is no obligation to you:
Once registered, you will be able to access resources to help you prepare, collaborate with other community leaders, and get updates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other emergency management personnel.
Remember, here in East Whiteland and the surrounding community just as across the nation, we all have a responsibility to personally prepare for the hazards that may affect us and our families!