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America’s PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises.
The first National Day of Action is scheduled for April 30, 2014 and will revolve around taking the actions to prepare for these four specific hazards:

  • Tornadoes
  • Wildfires
  • Floods
  • Hurricanes

The goal of this campaign is to increase the number of individuals who:

  • Understand which disasters could happen in their community
  • Know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage
  • Take action to increase their preparedness
  • Participate in community resilience planning

To learn more and become a member of this campaign, visit  You can also follow the activities on Twitter: @PrepareAthon follow the conversation #PrepareAthon.

Checkout the Preparedness tab at the top for further information on Tornadoes, Floods, and other hazards.


Whole community means everyone in a community needs to be prepared for disasters, not just emergency response agencies.  Individuals, families, businesses, schools, faith-based groups, and other community organizations need to develop and practice their emergency plans that address the needs of everyone in the community.  This should include, but not limited to, senior citizens, children, those with health concerns or disabilities, non-English speaking residents.
Besides using information provided above under our Preparedness tab, check out:


prepare 2014

This year’s Resolve to Be Ready campaign focuses on ‘Family Connection’ to reinforce the importance of parents including their children in preparedness conversations in advance of potential disasters. The Ready campaign makes and emergency preparedness resolution easy to keep by recommending families consider these three ideas when making a plan: who to call, where to meet, and what to pack.

The campaign includes age-appropriate tools and resources to introduce conversations about disaster preparedness to children on, including a downloadable family emergency plan, emergency kit checklists, and guidelines on how to make preparedness a year-round family activity. Additional templates are available on this website under the Preparedness tab. Check out the materials that you can use in your community to get families prepared in 2014.


Do you ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook? If not, you should check us out. For those of you who ‘LIKE’ us we’ve made some recent changes. LIKE us at ‘Will County Emergency Management Agency’ will provide you a great source of information before, during, and after an emergency.

In 2014 we welcome our new page ‘Will County Alerts’, we have moved our automated posts of severe weather advisories, watches, and warning from the National Weather Service for Will County to this page. Additionally other larger scale emergency information will begin to be posted on this page. LIKE us at ‘Will County Alerts’. Remember nothing replaces a NOAA Weather Radio; this is another tool for us to help provide emergency information to the public.