Each region of the U.S. is prone to certain disasters, such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and wildfires. The damage these forces of nature can inflict on a community is potentially devastating, particularly when residents aren’t adequately prepared.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created America's PrepareAthon!, a grassroots campaign that actively works to increase the number of people who understand the disasters most relevant to their community, while educating them on ways to be safe and mitigate damage. The campaign also addresses the importance of practicing these actions; and how to participate in community resilience planning.
The upcoming education session at C&E, "America's PrepareAthon! Moving Millions to Prepare," will present the evidence-based design, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of the program, including findings from a recent national survey designed to track changes in the public's knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to preparedness.
Presented by Allison Carlock, U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA, this session will be held on Monday, June 22, 8-9am.
Photo courtesy of National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL).