Get Your School Prepared for Disasters With America’s PrepareAthon!

Students participate in an emergency drill during an America’s PrepareAthon! event in Smyrna, Georgia. (Photo credit: FEMA)

Students participate in an emergency drill during an America’s PrepareAthon! event in Smyrna, Georgia. (Photo credit: FEMA)

It’s time for America’s PreparAthon!

Every spring, parents and educators across the country are encouraged to practice preparedness in the event of an emergency. Now is a great opportunity to make your campus a safer and more resilient one by joining the millions of people across the country participating in National PrepareAthon! Day on April 30.

Schools are an effective channel to reach students and families by conducting preparedness activities and messages. Teachers, faculty, staff, and administrators have the unique ability to make schools and institutions of higher education more prepared to withstand and recover from an emergency.

Twice a year America’s PrepareAthon! promotes national days of action – specifically April 30 and September 30 – to highlight the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies.

America’s PrepareAthon! offers materials to facilitate preparedness for six natural hazards: earthquake, flood, hurricane, tornado, wildfire, and winter storm. The program also offers a variety of customizable promotional materials for these hazards so educators, parents and community leaders can tailor outreach materials to specific audiences.

The time is now to take the next step for preparing your school or institution of higher education for the hazard that might impact your area.

Visit ready.gov/prepare to:

  • Take Action: Know your hazards and choose your activities.
  • Be Counted: Create your account and register your activities.
  • Spread the Word: Download materials to promote your day of action.

Watch Secretary Duncan discuss how your school can get involved:

Gwen Camp is Director of Individual and Community Preparedness for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Amy Banks is a management and program analyst in the Center for School Preparedness at the U.S. Department of Education.