National PrepareAthon! Day

An Air Station Kodiak C-130 during a severe weather conditions in Cold Bay, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Al Bennett.

An Air Station Kodiak C-130 during a severe weather conditions in Cold Bay, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Al Bennett.

National PrepareAthon! Day, September 30th, is a national day of action, where schools, places of employment, faith-based and community organizations, colleges and universities are encouraged to focus on specific disasters to their region and increase preparedness for each individual.

Throughout the month of September we observed National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Resolve to be Ready Campaign. This campaign encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes and communities. The month acts as a call to action and reminder that you and your family should take time to prepare in case offor a disaster. The month is a starting point to encourage everyone to stay prepared throughout the year, especially in the unpredictably harsh conditions associated with Alaska.

National PrepareAthon! Day is a day to discuss what you can do to prepare your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues and should revolve around taking actions to prepare for these six specific natural disasters: earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and winter storms.

The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is: “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.”

The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is: “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.”

As recently as Thursday, Sept. 25, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake, along with more than a dozen aftershocks, took place approximately 80 miles northwest of Anchorage.

Simple preparedness methods such as securing items in a room that have a potential of falling or designating safe places in your home to go to in case of an earthquake can make a big difference in avoiding injury.

Cold weather and harsh winters are two things every Alaskan can expect. During winter storms, boaters at sea are urged to seek safe shelter while boaters ashore are urged to take measures to secure their vessels and equipment.

Winter storms can occur from early autumn to late spring with ice and heavy snowfall that can knock out heat, power and communications services for several days. Be prepared by gathering emergency supplies, making a family plan, and discussing emergency notifications and expectations with your workplace and/or schools. Also, make specific plans on how to avoid driving during a winter storm.

Do your part to get prepared by visiting Ready.gov for more information, including downloadable emergency kit checklists and emergency plan forms, as well as links to other sources of information and emergency resources. For more information on how to get involved in America’s PrepareAthon! Day, click here to access America’s PrepareAthon! Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions.

Staying prepared is the cornerstone to the Coast Guard’s ethos:, Semper Paratus, Always Ready. Taking a few minutes with your family to go over what to do during natural disasters can make a big difference.

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