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
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.
Don’t believe what you see in the movies. According to a 2011 report commissioned by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, surviving fallout from a nuclear blast means taking shelter – NOT running away.
The Federation of American Scientists are primarily responsible for bringing public awareness to the valuable report entitled “National Capital Region: Key Response Planning Factors for the Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism.”
The key question posed by the report is “What would happen if a 10 kiloton nuclear explosive were detonated in downtown Washington, DC?”
Highlights of recommendations made by the report include:
- DUCK and COVER: After an unexplained dazzling flash of light, do not approach windows, and stay behind cover for at least a minute to prevent injuries from flying and falling debris, such as broken glass.
- GO IN, TUNE IN: The best initial action immediately following a nuclear explosion is to take shelter in the nearest and most protective building or structure and listen for instructions from authorities.
- DON’T DRIVE: If in a car, try to find shelter immediately until given official information. A car does not offer protection.
- STAY INDOORS: People should expect to remain sheltered for at least 12 to 24 hours. During that time, the intensity of fallout radiation will decrease greatly, allowing for less hazardous egress from dangerous fallout areas.
- GET CLEAN: Radioactive fallout particles can spread quickly and remain on the body and clothes until removed. Those in potentially fallout-contaminated areas should take off the outer layer of clothing (including shoes) and wipe or wash exposed skin and hair upon leaving a contaminated area.
Read the full report: