Practice Makes Ready: How to Prepare for an Emergency

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September 24, 2014

National Preparedness Month

The National Preparedness Community
Practice Makes Ready! How to Practice for an Emergency


Emergencies happen all the time. It's important to have training and practice needed to know how to properly respond to many different situations that may occur. 


At home, once you have built your kit and developed your plan you need to practice and maintain it. Train your family to manage disasters by practicing and conducting family disaster drills. This will help you know what to do during difficult times. 

In your communities, there are tons of really great training opportunities across the country aimed to help emergency managers, first responders, community organizers and volunteers learn more about responding to a variety of emergency situations. These programs are designed to get you the information and training you need to start doing the same in your communities. 

Today, we're introducing you to just a few of the many different training and volunteer opportunities found nationally to help you prepare yourself, your family and your community for many different emergency situations:

CERT: Learn More

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. 

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Learn more on large animal rescue

Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training

Large animal emergency rescue is the response phase of a natural or manmade disaster or accident where specialized training and equipment are required to rescue a large animal such as a horse or cow. 

For many people across the country, a large animal represents a huge financial investment and even someone’s livelihood. In many rural areas, first responders are not equipped with the proper training to properly rescue livestock, horses, and other large animals. Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training equips responders, emergency managers and others to handle rescue and relocation. 



Emergency Management Institute

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

EMI is the emergency management community’s flagship training institution, and provides training to Federal, State, local, tribal, volunteer, public, and private sector officials to strengthen emergency management core competencies for professional, career-long training.

The Emergency Management Institute has regularly scheduled programs and activities (including independent study options) to help you strengthen your skills as an emergency manager. 


Want to learn more about the Emergency Management Institute? 

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September 30th is the National PrepareAthon! Day


There is still time to join over 14 million Americans who are participating in disaster drills and awareness activities through America's PrepareAthon!, an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises. 


The goal of this campaign is to increase the number of individuals who:

  • Understand which disasters could happen in their community
  • Know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage
  • Take action to increase their preparedness
  • Participate in community resilience planning

If you planned a drill or planned a preparedness event in September, join America's PrepareAthon! at or click below to add your activity's participation to the nation-wide count of preparedness in America. You will also find resources to help you get started or add to your event and Communities of Practice to engage in discussions with other preparedness advocates.

Register for America's PrepareAthon!

Be sure to also spread the word of America's PrepareAthon! to encourage your friends and loved ones to take steps to Be Smart, Take Part, and Prepare.

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National Preparedness Month 2014 Report Back Survey

Did you plan an event for National Preparedness Month? Take five minutes to share information about your event and the impact it had in your community. Your answers will help us share your stories and highlight your accomplishments on the National Preparedness Community and other online channels.


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