America's PrepareAthon!

​Charlotte-Mecklenburg PrepareAthon!

Be Ready for Sudden Disasters with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management (CMEMO)'s PrepareAthon!

Timing is everything in emergency situations, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents and businesses must be ready to take appropriate action immediately.

Educating residents about what to do in an unanticipated crisis is the goal of Charlotte-Mecklenburg's PrepareAthon!, a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience. This campaign runs in April each year, and is supported by the National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, Charlotte Water, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), CMPD Animal Care and Control Unit, and many others.

2018 PrepareAthon! Theme

The 2018 Charlotte-Mecklenburg PrepareAthon! will be held from April 23-19, 2018. This year's theme is "How to Build and Emergency Kit" and will feature various presentations throughout the community to demonstrate how to effectively prepare a kit. Each day, information will be provided for specific populations in Mecklenburg County.

  • Monday April 23: Emergency Kit Information for Children
  • Tuesday April 24: Emergency Kit Information for the Older Adults
  • Wednesday April 25: Emergency Kit Information for Faith Based Communities
  • Thursday April 26: Emergency Kit Information for the those with Special Needs
  • Friday April 27: Emergency Kit Information for Pets
  • Saturday April 28-29: Community Emergency Preparedness

This year's events include:

  • Tuesday April 24: Emergency Preparedness and Fire Prevention Presentation at Shads Landing
  • Wednesday April 25: Personal Preparedness for Emergencies and Disasters at Foundry Commercial
  • Thursday April 26: Emergency Preparedness and Active Shooter Training for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing at Charlotte Fire Headquarters
  • Friday April 27-Sunday April 29: Northern Mecklenburg Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training at the Huntersville Police Department
  • Saturday April 28: Spring 2018 Heritage Hike at Kings Mountain State Park

2017 Prepareathon Outreach Event