April 30 is National PrepareAthon! Day. FEMA and Ready.gov have released a helpful digital engagement toolkit designed to help individuals and organizations use social media channels to promote the PrepareAthon! event.
The toolkit includes sample tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram messages to customize and help you raise awareness and engage with your community.
Event timeline and themes:
- March 15 – 31: Raise awareness about America’s PrepareAthon!
- April 1 – 15: Share your preparedness action for America’s PrepareAthon!
- April 16 – 30: Join the national conversation and illustrate your preparedness action with visuals like photos, graphics or the customizable flyers you can find at ready.gov/prepare.
Find more information about America’s PrepareAthon! at www.ready.gov/prepare.
Download the toolkit here: http://www.community.fema.gov/connect.ti/readynpm/view?objectId=3235152
Sesame Street has developed two new mobile apps as well as online resources aimed at making sure families have an interactive and kid-friendly resource for emergency preparedness.
The Let’s Get Ready app teaches children what information they need to know in case of an emergency, such as their address, their parent’s names and what items to put in an emergency kit. The other app, Here for Each Other, is geared towards teaching parents how to talk to their children about emergency situations help them cope with the aftermath of a disaster.
The apps and other resources are available for free in both English and Spanish.
September is National Preparedness Month and the theme is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.” This is a great time to encourage your residents, staff, customers and other stakeholders to self-register for your emergency alerts.
Each week throughout National Preparedness Month will focus on different emergency preparation topics:
Week 1 – How to Reconnect with Family After a Disaster
Week 2 – Know How to plan for specific needs before a Disaster
Week 3 – How to Build an Emergency Kit
Week 4 & 5 – How to Practice for an emergency
Download the National Preparedness Month 2014 Digital Engagement Toolkit from Ready.gov and you will find printable publications, sample social media posts, tips, tools, and more.