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.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg PrepareAthon 2019

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office will partner with FEMA to host the Charlotte-Mecklenburg PrepareAthon. The PrepareAthon is a grassroots campaign for action to get the community better prepared for emergencies by conducting hazard-specific group, drills and exercises.

The campaign will be held from April 29th, 2019 to May 4th, 2019. The campaign will focus on educating the community and business in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region about specific hazards such as flooding, no-notice events and other hazards. The public will be encouraged to register for CharMeck Alerts and complete the action item of the day to prepare for specific hazards.

Daily Action items

  • Monday: Sign up for CharMeck Alerts and the FEMA application.

  • Tuesday: Visit to determine your risks for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg specific hazards.

  • Wednesday: Develop an evacuation plan from your home and office.

  • Thursday: Build a Ready Kit for your family and your pets.

  • Friday: Businesses ensure that your Continuity of Operation Plan is up to date.

  • Saturday: Participate in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg PrepareAthon Day of Action.

May 4th Day of Action Schedule

  • 8:30am- CFD Headquarters open to the public

  • 9:00am to 9:30am- Hands Only CPR

  • 9:45am to 10:00am- Pedro the Penguin

  • 10:15am to 11:00am- Pillowcase Project

  • 11:15am to 11:45am- Hands Only CPR

  • Event ends by 12:00pm

Sign up for Day of Action sessions at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Prepareathon Day of Action