National Preparedness Month Week 5: Lead Up to National Day of Action

Posted on 9/23/2016 9:55:27 AM

Participate in National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30.

Preparedness takes action. Learn more about hazards which can affect your community and ways you can take action to prepare and participate.


Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the U.S. and can happen anywhere.


Tornadoes are one of nature’s most violent storms, and can cause death, injury, and destruction within seconds.


Hurricanes have the power to cause widespread devastation, and can affect both coastal and inland areas.

Winter Storm

Winter storms can occur anywhere and bring freezing rain, ice, snow, high winds, or a combination of all these conditions. They can cause power outages that last for days or weeks, making it hard to keep warm and travel very dangerous.


Earthquakes can occur suddenly and be deadly. Most earthquake-related causalities result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.

Active Shooter

Recent national tragedies remind us that the risk is real; an active shooter incident can happen in any place at any time. The best way to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe is to prepare ahead of time.

Encourage others to do a preparedness activity, share images of you and your community doing the preparedness activity, and share stories of how being prepared made a difference. You can share them by registering at

Here are 10 ways to participate in America's Prepareathon: Access alerts and warnings; test communication plans; assemble or update supplies; drill or practice emergency response; participate in a class, training, or discussion; safeguard documents; document and insure property; make property safer; conduct an exercise; and plan with neighbors