Twentynine Palms -- Throughout the month of September, the Combat Center will participate in America’s Prepare-A-Thon 2016, a presidential initiative geared toward arming Combat Center residents with the knowledge needed to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters and man-made incidents.
Occurring twice annually and overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the month-long event is held in hopes of encouraging the nation to become proactive when planning for emergencies. Personnel and families are educated on emergency communication planning by promoting preparedness information and resources.
“The National Preparedness Month Serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare for any natural or man-made emergency, which can occur at any time,” said Michael Burns, force protection supervisor, G-7 Mission Assurance. “This campaign is designed as a nationwide, community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness and resilience. Having the community prepared, increases the capabilities to improve the effectiveness of response and recovery operations within the community.”
The campaign will be split into four categories that pertain to Marines and their families, focusing on a single category each week. Beginning with preparing family and friends, the topics also cover preparing through service and individual preparedness before leading up to National Prepare-A-Thon Day, Sept. 30.
“The purpose of each topic is to provide the community information that will help in responding and recovering from a disaster quickly, effectively and efficiently,” Burns said. “We cannot always control how, when or where disasters will occur, but we can prepare practical responses before a disaster. By discussing with our families, friends and neighbors how we will protect and prepare ourselves and our communities we can create a stronger and more resilient community.”
For additional information on the National Prepare-A-Thon, visit www.ready.marines.mil or contact G-7 Mission Assurance at 830-6074.