February 14: Community Event: Creating a Resilient World

Event Date: 
Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

How can individuals and communities better prepare and plan for, absorb, respond, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events? Join us for a free community event featuring special activities and resources to enhance our resilience:

  • Test your knowledge of extreme weather events with interactive weather safety games from NOAA and the National Weather Service. Get information and resources to stay safe in any weather emergency.
  • Learn about research projects that student-mentor teams from DC EnvironMentors are developing to steward local natural resources such as the Anacostia Watershed and Chesapeake Bay. Share your ideas and feedback as the teams finalize the design of their projects and prepare to conduct experimental field research on an environmental topic of their choice. These projects help students develop critical thinking and communication skills vital to their success in college and future careers.
  • Learn how The Nature Conservancy is creating coastal resilience through oyster reef restoration projects along the East Coast, from Florida to our very own Chesapeake Bay. Touch and feel oyster shells and other materials used in these conservation efforts, and find out how you can get involved.  
  • Play the life sciences card came “Cycles,” developed by Catherine Croft Swanwick, Ph.D., to understand how ecosystems are naturally resilient. Build sets of 13 cycles from themes including life cycles, nature cycles, and genetic engineering. Younger players rely on numbers and colors to help them construct biological cycles. Older players collect biological cycles with the help of skills specific to each cycle topic. 
  • FEMA Corps team members will walk you through how to download and access FEMA apps and hand out materials to help you prepare for natural disasters and protect your critical documents and valuables.

There is no charge for admission to this community event. Groups of ten (10) or more should complete a group visit request form before their visit. 

This event is an official activity of America's PrepareAthon!, a community-based preparedness campaign coordinated by FEMA. Be smart. Take part. Prepare.