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Practice preparedness during America’s PrepareAthon!

By Headquarters Marine Corps | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | April 1, 2015

Marine Corps Installations Command and Marine Corps Installations-West encourages members of the Marine Corps community to participate in the April 2015 America’s PrepareAthon!.

Individuals who register to participate in the PrepareAthon! are counted among those who view preparedness – the readiness of Marines and their families to respond to a natural disaster, cyber or enemy-driven emergency - as a shared responsibility.

AP! is a biannual event that provides Marines, families, and civilian personnel the opportunity to assess and enhance their current preparedness plans and resources. AP! culminates in a National PrepareAthon! Day of Action on April 30.

"Our installations serve as the training and exercise platforms that ensure the Marine Corps is ready to address any contingency today, and every day," said Maj. Gen. Juan G. Ayala. "The success of our forces however, is also a result of individual readiness. We are one body, and as such, each Marine and family member play a crucial role in community and national emergency preparedness."

The Marine Corps’ active participation in AP! answers the Deputy Secretary of Defense and White House’s call for department-wide support of the event. As the Nation’s premier force in readiness, the Marine Corps understands that a prepared community at home and abroad strengthens its overall resilience.

"I encourage everyone throughout the Marine Corps to take part in April's America's PrepareAthon!," said General Ayala.

Individuals can support this spirit of readiness by:

• Following and sharing the conversation @PrepareAthon, #PrepareAthon, #ReadyMarineCorps.
• Learning about local hazards. The six hazards of focus for April’s PrepareAthon! are earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornados, wildland fires and winter storms.
• Conducting an emergency drill and practicing personal emergency plans.
• Assembling or updating emergency supplies or kits.
• Signing up for local alerts and warnings and downloading apps, including adding home and cellphone information to the Marine Corps’ emergency Mass Notification System (eMNS).
• Collecting and safeguarding critical documents (e.g., insurance policies and birth records).
• Documenting property (using photos, videos, or PCS inventory sheets).
• Obtaining appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.

Register to participate or learn how to get involved at www.ready.gov/prepare.
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