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PREPARE WASHOE April 30 is national kickoff of America's PrepareAthon!
Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Aaron Kenneston

Reno, Nevada. April 29, 2014. During the past month there has been a mudslide in Washington and a series of earthquakes in California. Disasters don’t take a vacation and neither do the federal, state, local and tribal governments or the volunteer groups that make up Nevada’s Emergency Services.

April 30 is the national kickoff of America’s PrepareAthon! and Washoe County will rollout “PREPARE WASHOE.” On Wednesday, April 30, during the Amateur Radio Service “noon net,” volunteer amateur radio operations will conduct a communications drill. The Nevada Amateur Radio Service, along with the Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and the American Red Cross will conduct a simulated communications failure. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will run priority and formal traffic from the REOC to a number of area agencies, including the Red Cross, CERT and the MRC.

President Barack Obama, through the National Preparedness Directive, directed the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate, and federal agencies to support, a campaign to build and sustain preparedness through local grassroots implementation. America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience. Every spring and fall, organizations around the country focus on preparedness during a national day of action. These national days of action drive participation in hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises.

“We are inviting members of the media and the community to join us and learn first-hand that when communications are down, Amateur Radio connects the world,” said Washoe County Emergency Manager Aaron Kenneston. “We are also looking to engage faith based groups, business groups and communities to join local volunteer organizations and learn how to “Be Smart, Take Part, Prepare.”

Sign up as an individual or as an organization at

For information on joining a volunteer group:

  • Medical Reserve Corps, (775) 326-6050
  • Community Emergency Response Team, (775) 325-6928
  • American Red Cross, (775) 856-1000
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Service, (775) 843-5952