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Peterson Space Observer

Preparathon! Aims at eliminating dangerous surprises

prepareathon_160919-f-o3755-1234By Dave Smith

21st Space Wing Public Affairs staff writer

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Don’t wait to communicate. Make your emergency plan today.

That’s the theme for National Preparedness Month and America’s Preparathon! 2016. The 21st Civil Engineer Squadron Office of Emergency Management is preparing various events and messages to members of Team Pete to highlight the need to be ready in the event of catastrophic occasions.

The Preparathon events are scheduled to take place 11:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m., September 23 at the Base Exchange and Commissary, and 10:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m., September 24 at Patriot Park.

On the 23rd, the OEM will have an information booth where emergency preparedness information and some other giveaways will be available. On the following day, OEM will team up with the 21st Force Support Squadron and other groups like, Airmen & Family Readiness, Fire Prevention, Anti-Terrorism and Safety to offer advice and information to help when emergency situations arise.

Whether it is household safety, the difference between a lock-down or shelter-in-place, or school district snow routes during storms, the message is to be ready before emergencies or disasters happen.

“With this event, we want to push the message outside the uniform,” said Airman 1st Class Hannah Jones, 21st CES Emergency Management Operations emergency manager apprentice. “We hit the (uniformed personnel) with email and other communications, but we want to hit the families, too.”

The Patriot Park events are being held in conjunction with Nickelodeon’s World Wide Day of Play, a day hosted by 21st FSS and dedicated to encouraging families to take part in active, outdoor activities. A firetruck display, bouncy castle and preparedness obstacle course for youth are some of the ways the OEM, and other groups, are reaching out.

“There will be demonstrations for all ages,” Jones said. “We want to reach the whole family.”

Emergency Preparedness Month is driven by Presidential Policy Directive eight, aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation, including acts of terrorism, cyber-attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters.

In addition to the events held September 23-24, the OEM is providing weekly newsletters to unit emergency management representatives related to local hazards. Topics throughout the month include floods, wildfires, tornadoes, winter storms and basic preparedness.

For more information, contact the Office of Emergency Management at 719-556-9675.

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