Join us as we celebrate America’s PrepareAthon. Twice a year, on April 30 and September 30, the FEMA campaign promotes national days of action, National PrepareAthon!
Know the Facts (Facts provided by FEMA)
- Between 1900 and 2014, the United States experienced 38 earthquakes, 568 storms, and 166 floods.
- In 2012, the United States was struck by 936 tornadoes, causing about $1.6 billion in damages.
- In 2013, there were more than 440 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,800 injuries.
The Cost of Being Unprepared
- In 2013, deadly weather caused more than $8 billion in property damage.
- According to the Insurance Information Institute, an estimated 25 percent of all businesses affected by a major disaster never reopen.
- Failing to prepare for extreme weather events has cost the United States $1.15 trillion in economic losses from 1980 to 2010, and could cost another trillion in coming years.
- Investments in weather preparation cost local governments significantly less than recovery. Preparedness strategies include flood proofing, flood evacuation plans, elevating buildings, purchasing insurance, and improving drainage codes, and floodplain standards.
Where do you stand when it comes to preparedness? Research shows that people are more prepared for a disaster if they:
- Are aware of community alerts and warning systems;
- Talk about their preparedness plan with family and others;
- Attend trainings and meetings; and
- Participate in a drill or exercise.
Increase Your Family’s Protection
Based on the 2012 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Survey, 54 percent of the U.S. population do not believe their community will experience a natural disaster.26 Only 39 percent have a plan they have discussed with their family members, and almost 50 percent do not have supplies set aside in their home for use in a disaster. Unfortunately, a disaster will likely impact you at some point in your life, and when it does, you may only have seconds to respond. Your family, friends, and community are depending on you if a disaster happens. Are you ready to act?
You can be! As with any skill, practice makes perfect. Practicing preparedness actions is no exception. By learning the right actions and taking time to practice them, you, your family, and your community can be ready to respond.
The goal of America’s PrepareAthon! is to enhance national preparedness by increasing the number of individuals who understand which disasters could happen in their community, know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage, take action to increase their preparedness, and participate in community resilience planning. Join millions of Americans in practicing the steps necessary to stay safe before, during, and after a disaster!