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Day Until National Preparedness Month!

National Preparedness

Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

Images of various national disasters.

DoD plays a vital role in supporting the U.S. government's preparations for and responses to a wide range of threats posing the greatest risks to national security -- threats that include acts of terrorism, cyber threats, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters.

By collaborating, we can be prepared to meet these threats and to mitigate future crises.

Partnering together where we work, live, learn and visit makes us all safer, stronger and more secure.

National PrepareAthon! Day

September 30

Participate in National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30th.

Register your preparedness activity here:

Encourage others to participate in or conduct preparedness activities and register them on

Share images of you and your community participating in or conducting preparedness activities.

Share stories of how being prepared made a difference using #PrepareAthon

Share Your Photos

Email Your Photos

Share pictures of your component or installation's preparedness campaign to be highlighted on this site.

Email high-resolution images to and provide a caption describing the action. Be sure to include full names of people in the photo, as well as the photographer's name.


Top Stories


Ready Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

Don’t Wait. Communicate. TV PSA (launched 2015)

Don’t Wait. Communicate. Radio PSA (relaunched 2016)

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Download the FEMA App

Download the FEMA App
  • Receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States.
  • Learn what to do before, during and after emergencies with safety tips.
  • Share disaster damage photos on a verified photo-sharing platform.
  • Prepare ahead of time with an emergency kit checklist and safety reminders.
  • Get directions to open shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person.

Be Ready

  • Ready Army Logo
  • Ready Navy Logo
  • Air Force Be Ready Logo
  • Marines Be Ready Logo
  • Military One Source Be Ready Logo
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America’s PrepareAthon! Campaign

Active Bystander 'Until Help Arrives'

ShakeOut Earthquake Drills


See the most commonly asked questions and answers about National Preparedness Month and America’s PrepareAthon! campaign by clicking here.