GRDay15Disasters can happen at any time, in any place, to anyone. Do you know what to do in case of an emergency? Now is the time to learn!

Tomorrow, Sept. 15, join APHA and public health leaders in celebrating Get Ready Day, an event to raise emergency preparedness awareness nationwide. Held annually the third Tuesday in September – to coincide with National Preparedness Month – Get Ready Day is an opportunity for communities, campuses and workplaces to understand how to be prepared for emergencies or disasters.

Throughout September, APHA will be launching new resources on emergency preparedness. Share our infographic featuring five steps to get ready and send our e-card to friends and family to help them “keep calm” during disasters. We’ll also be releasing a video on emergency preparedness, as well as our 2016 Get Ready calendar featuring animals as a fun way to promote preparedness.

And join us this week for these upcoming events:

  • Get Ready Google Hangout – How do you prepare for extreme weather emergencies caused by climate change? Join APHA’s Get Ready Google Hangout on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. EDT to find out. During this live, interactive session on emergency preparedness and response, you will hear from a panel of experts who will share their perspectives about climate change and speak specifically about wildfires, flooding and vector-borne diseases.
  • CDC Twitter Chat – On Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. EDT, @PublicHealth – APHA’s official Twitter account – and @GetReady will be joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s emergency response Twitter account @CDCemergency for a Twitter Chat on emergency preparedness. Use the hashtag #CDCprep to join the conversation.

Visit the Get Ready website for more information about how you can get involved in Get Ready Day, as well as materials you can use in your community or on your organization’s website.