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FEMA starts PrepareAthon to offer tips for emergencies

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Do you know what to do when a disaster strikes? A nationwide campaign is bringing millions of people together to practice the simple steps that will help them get and stay prepared for a disaster.

For the past few years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been a part of a Ready campaign. Now, they're starting a new phase of the campaign to help keep South Mississippians even more prepared for any disaster that comes our way.

"It's based for families, for businesses, for churches, for organizations, school. Everybody can join," Director of Harrison County Emergency Management Rupert Lacy said.

The name of the campaign is PrepareAthon.

"It's something you can use to teach, you can use to prepare yourself, or your family, your loved ones, and everybody," Lacy said.

Lacy said it's an all hazard program and the literature is just one click away and easy to understand.

"It's one of those that gets back down to the basics. It's not a real busy program. It's a basic preparedness broken into ten steps," he explained.

Some of those steps include making a plan with your neighbors, assemble and update your supply kit, and test your communication plans. Lacy said that literature is key, and these ten steps may help save your life.

"If everybody joins up, goes online and joins it, gets the literature, starts preparing for all hazards. then we're a much more resilient community that's better prepared for any disaster," he said.

Some of the things you can do to help keep you and your family safe when a disaster is near include downloading our WLOX news and weather apps, as well as following us on Twitter and liking our WLOX News and WLOX 24/7 Weather Facebook pages.

For more information on how to get registered for the PepareAthon campaign, visit: http://www.community.fema.gov/connect.ti/AmericasPrepareathon

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