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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: National Preparedness Month - Be Smart, Take Part, Prepare Images of various disasters.
Deputy Secretary Robert Work.

National preparedness is a whole community responsibility. To help ensure that our Service members, dependents, civilians, and installations continue to prepare for the types of disasters they may encounter, all DoD Components are requested to participate in the Spring 2016 AP! Campaign from April 10 - May 28, and take focused action on April 30 - National PrepareAthon! Day. Full Memorandum
- Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work

National PrepareAthon! Day

April 30

Practice makes perfect: The more drills you run, the more prepared you will be when an emergency strikes. Practice emergency drills like getting to your shelter location with your family regularly. Learn more at #PrepareAthon

Share 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.


Hurricane Katrina: The Defense Department Looks Back

Hurricane Katrina: The Defense Department Looks Back

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