NAB Statement on National PrepareAthon! Day

April 30, 2015

Grassroots campaign organized by FEMA helps Americans prepare for specific hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to National PrepareAthon! Day, the culmination of the America’s PrepareAthon! campaign designed to increase community preparedness and resilience, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

“As communities across the country practice emergency preparedness today as part of National PrepareAthon! Day, NAB reminds all Americans that their disaster plans should include access to local radio and television stations. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate has said the best sources of information for residents during times of emergency are local broadcasters, who work collaboratively with first responders to provide the public with up-to-the-second information. Broadcasters take seriously our role as ‘first informers’ and remain committed to keeping the public safe when it matters most.”

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