[REACT-LIST] Expanding the Reach
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Fri Feb 20 20:21:17 EST 2015
REACT Teams may be able to arrange some training or a drill, etc., during REACT Month. It would be another good opportunity to partner with CERT or other groups (hams, SAR, etc.) to build relationships. Now is the time to plan. Best wishes.
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Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:04:13 -0500
Subject: Fw: Expanding the Reach of Your CERT Programs
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From: FEMA (Federal Emergency Management
Why America’s PrepareAthon! Makes Sense for CERT and How
You Can Get Involved
Reach of Your Programs to New Partners and Community Members
FEMA is asking for CERT volunteers around the country to use America’s
PrepareAthon! to prepare even more Americans for disasters. As you know, not
everyone interested in disaster preparedness may be willing or able to devote
20+ hours to complete the basic CERT training. Many people just want to learn
enough to keep themselves and their families, places of work, or schools safe
during an emergency. America’s PrepareAthon! is a great option for them, because
participation can be as simple as practicing a protective action, participating
in a drill, or even just downloading an app or signing up for alerts and warning
We need your support, as preparedness leaders in your communities, to
reach these individuals and organizations and to help them participate. It’s
also important that you and anyone else participating in America’s PrepareAthon!
register at www.ready.gov/prepare.
Registering makes participants officially a part of the biggest preparedness
effort in the United States, allows them the option to be listed on the website
with others taking action this year, and provides them with a platform to
motivate and inspire others by example to prepare for disasters.
Here’s what CERT can do this year and how your programs can benefit:
community partners to help them organize their own preparedness drill or
exercise. CERT programs frequently plan, organize, and
participate in drills, exercises, and simulations. Share your expertise to
help your community become better prepared! You can use America’s
PrepareAthon! to open doors to new partners who are interested in preparedness
and looking for an easy way to get started. Reach out to businesses and
organizations in your communities, and expand your networks and relationships!
Open the discussion with America’s PrepareAthon! to “get your foot in the
door,” but remind them that CERT is a great next step.
individuals and families in conversations about local hazards and the
appropriate protective actions. Start a door-to-door canvassing
campaign to talk about preparedness in your neighborhoods. Talk to your
neighbors about local hazards and how they can stay safe, and use your smart
phones and tablets to help walk them through the America’s PrepareAthon! website
You can also talk to neighbors about CERT and the important role you play in
brief drill or exercise during the Disaster Preparedness unit of your next
scheduled CERT training. Hands-on training is one of CERT’s
many strengths, but the Disaster Preparedness unit doesn’t include as many
activities compared to the others. Why not have participants take part in a
short drill or exercise for a hazard relevant to your community, or a brief
discussion? As part of that unit’s “homework,” you can also ask participants
to encourage their families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to learn about
local hazards and practice protective actions.
The America’s PrepareAthon! website (www.ready.gov/prepare)
has several free, downloadable tools and resources which you can use to organize
drills, exercises, discussions, and other activities.
As a way to say thanks for a job well done, we will be featuring a limited
run of stories about CERT programs that organized exceptional America’s
PrepareAthon! events last year in the Individual and Community Preparedness
E-Brief. If you would like your CERT considered for a future mention, be sure to
register your America’s PrepareAthon! event or activity at www.ready.gov/prepare.
And be sure to follow us @PrepareAthon and tell us about your preparedness
activities through Twitter and Facebook using #PrepareAthon.
Thank you as always for all of the work that you do to make America stronger,
more resilient, and better prepared. If you have any questions about America’s
PrepareAthon! please let us know by contacting prepareathon at fema.gov.
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