Guam PrepareAthon! Campaign Kicks Off Wednesday

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Guam –  To kick off the Guam PrepareAthon! campaign, Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense is hosting a wave at the ITC intersection on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. During the wave Government of Guam agencies, non-profit organizations and private companies will be passing out brochures on how to stay prepared for disasters that affect our island.

The Guam PrepareAthon! campaign is a community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience. Guam is vulnerable to different hazards throughout the year. GHS/OCD plans to host hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises related to those hazards. The goals of this campaign are to increase the number of people who understand which disasters could happen on our island, when we are most vulnerable to these disasters, know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage, to take action to increase their preparedness and to participate in community resilience planning.  

“We can’t predict an earthquake or tsunami, we just need to continue to educate the public on how stay prepared. However, what we do know is that Guam is vulnerable to fires during the first half of the year and typhoons the second half. We’ve seen great participation for the Great Guam Shakeout- a live-drill that focuses on earthquake preparedness. We want to take the same approach for other hazards as well. Instead of telling the public to just make a kit and create a plan, we actually want to see them take action and participate in large drills. We hope through this campaign we’ll build a more resilient community,” stated Homeland Security Advisor Ambrosio Constantino.

You can join the campaign and stay updated on activities on our island by registering at www.community.fema.gov.