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Red Cross Asks You to Join America's PrepareAthon!

Communities must work together to be ready for disaster.

The American Red Cross is asking everyone to join the nationwide campaign America's PrepareAthon! throughout April to learn how to be ready should a disaster happen in their community.

Frequent mentions of natural disasters in the news remind us that being prepared for disaster is a community-wide effort that includes organizations, businesses, individuals, and families taking preparedness action. We must work together - as neighbors and community members - to build a more prepared and resilient nation that can withstand, quickly respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies.

The Red Cross is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in America's PrepareAthon! This spring campaign will teach people what to do to prepare for spring and summer disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. The campaign will also feature a National Day of Action set for Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

The Red Cross urges all individuals, households and organizations to register on America’s PrepareAthon! website for access to great tools and updates on how to get ready for emergency situations that may occur in their communities.

“Disasters can happen to anyone. During a large disaster, first responders may not get to someone right away so it is important for everyone to know the steps they can take to help themselves, their loved ones and their neighborhood until help arrives,” said Russ Paulsen, Executive Director, Community Preparedness and Resilience for the Red Cross. “America’s PrepareAthon! is a great way to make people aware and give them the tools they need to be ready for whatever happens.”

All across the country, Red Cross chapters have activities planned to help their communities get prepared. To find out how you can participate, contact your local Red Cross chapter.

For more information about how to be ready for emergencies, visit the preparedness resources page on the Red Cross web site.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.