APHA will help Americans and their communities and families get prepared for disasters and hazards through its annual Get Ready Day.

The national observance is part of APHA’s Get Ready campaign, which launched in 2006 to get Americans ready for all disasters ranging from the pandemic flu to hurricanes to heat waves. It occurs annually in collaboration with National Preparedness Month.

“Disasters strike when people least expect and in a variety of ways, making preparedness essential,” said Susan Polan, APHA associate executive director. “Our goal is that Get Ready Day will encourage Americans to stop and evaluate their preparedness, and ensure that they, along with their communities are well-informed and ready.”

On Get Ready Day, APHA encourages all communities to take the preparedness pledge, create emergency plans and plan events within their neighborhood, campus, workplace or school that will raise awareness about the importance of being ready for emergencies .

APHA’s past events have included community blood drives, mini-information fairs and student video contests about preparedness. Last year, APHA hosted a Get Ready Cat Preparedness Photo contest, which culminated with a popular calendar featuring reminders of the importance of emergency preparedness year round.

So how can you recognize Get Ready Day?

Take a moment to review your family’s plan in the event of an emergency. Create an emergency kit for your home. Hold an after-school community preparedness fair to keep your neighborhood informed, or create something completely new.

Take advantage of the many fact sheets and resources available on the Get Ready website. For more information about participating in Get Ready Day, visit Get Ready online. Tune in next week to learn how APHA and other communities recognized Get Ready Day this year and mobilized for National Preparedness Month.