America’s PrepareAthon!SM is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted at the national level every fall and spring. Millions of people are registered to participate across the country.
“Superstorm Sandy taught us that disasters can happen in our own backyards,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski. “Allentown may not have been hit as hard as the New Jersey coast, but we learned what it is like to be without electric power for days. Our residents should take action to prepare and the PrepareAthon!SM is a great place to learn.”
Participants learned what they need to do to be prepared in the case of an emergency or disaster with information and activities designed to raise awareness. Activities included a dial 9-1-1 simulator, fire extinguisher training and a hand washing education station with glo-germs. The event also offered information on generator safety, emergency supply kit assembly and animal preparedness.