America’s Preparathon is a campaign to raise awareness about hazards and encourage people to be prepared (obviously!) in the face of these potential events. Depending on where you live the risk of any hazard varies in Illinois and Indiana, we face the threats of floods, tornadoes, winter storms, and especially downstate, earthquakes.

As the climate changes and larger storms happen more frequently, the risk of flooding in the Midwest becomes more urgent. Through efficient infrastructure, smarter land use planning, and better forecasting, the likelihood and impact of high waters can be reduced. But, as individuals, we make smart choices to assess our risk and take preemptive action. For example, a simple, common sense step is to back up and secure important papers. You can also take more preventative measures like installing check valves in your sewer lines to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home.

This campaign is organized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. To find a multitude of resources, including comprehensive checklists, visit the Preparathon website. Follow IISG on Twitter today to read live tweets from the Climate Resilience Workshop in Chicago.