Fort McCoy News April 22, 2016

Post to participate in national preparedness event

America's PrepareAthon! is a biannual national campaign of action that provides a recurring opportunity to learn about hazards that threaten communities and to practice actions to minimize vulnerabilities.

America's PrepareAthon! focuses attention on the importance of creating a more resilient Nation by bringing together stakeholders, communities, and individuals to take preparedness action.

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The goal is to increase the number of people who understand which disasters could happen in their communities, know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage, take action to increase preparedness, and participate in community resilience planning.

A hazardous event — either natural or man-made — can occur at any time, and people must be prepared to react accordingly. Planning and preparation are critical factors that enable the Army to continue vital missions before, during, and after emergencies.

Responsibility for the safety and resiliency of the Army lies with each member of the Army Family. Engagement among Army leaders, Soldiers, Families, and civilians is pivotal to highlighting the role that each person plays in preparedness. Preparedness planning serves as a force multiplier, allowing leaders to dedicate time and energy to the most significant needs of the Army community.

The Army's primary means of "Preparing Army Communities Today for the Hazards of Tomorrow" is through the Ready Army website, www.acsim.army.mil/readyarmy, which provides recommended supply lists for 48- to 72-hour individual and Family survival kits and various sources of information and resources for successful emergency planning.

Soldiers and civilians who want tips and handouts on preparing for severe weather or other emergencies can stop by the South Post Housing Office, building 6158, during the week of April 25 to obtain PrepareAthon-related products.

Additionally, an Emergency Management booth will be set up at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571, during the same week with available StormReady and PrepareAthon informational handouts and products.

For more information about the event or products, call 608-388-2302.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.)