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January 21, 2009, Los Angeles , CA – CMT Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney, and Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman, were the hosts of a benefit for PLAN!T NOW, the non-profit organization Freeman helped found after Hurricane Ivan hit Grenada to provide relief for that Caribbean country, last week at the Four Seasons hotel. The organization, formerly the Grenada Relief Fund, renamed itself in 2008 and expanded its mission to include the US, Central America and the Caribbean and was one of the first celebrity-helmed ventures to raise money – over a half a million – for the Red Cross’ immediate relief efforts for Katrina.

The gala event, whose sponsors included the Atlantic Corporation of hurricane –vulnerable North Carolina; Chesney’s Morris Agency, Freeman’s production company, Revelations Entertainment; CAA; The RLJ Companies and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, hosted Hollywood elite and celebrity supporters, including Sharon Stone, Celebrity Advisor Alfre Woodard, Brian Nilon and his wife, actress Garcielle Beauvais- Nylon, Paul Block, P!N trustees former Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen and his wife, Janet; Danny Devito, Rhea Perlman, director Brad Sieberling; producers Quincy Jones , Arnold Kopelson and Mike Medavoy, and legends Sumner Redstone and Sidney Poitier.

The event also raised money for the P!N Undergraduate Hurricane Relief scholarship fund which will provide scholarships to hurricane-affected youth and others, for undergraduate studies at US and international colleges. A particular focus will be made on students who survived Ike’s strike on Galveston, TX in 2008.

For more information, contact PLAN!T NOW at 805-687-8300. Click here to see pictures from the Benefit.

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Flood insurance policyholders whose structures were damaged by flooding from Hurricane Ike may be eligible for up to $30,000 in coverage in addition to their claims for damages.

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DHS and FEMA have put together DisasterHelp.gov with a specific section on hurricanes, and links to local resources.

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This Hurricane Survival Guide targets the Capital Area counties of Florida, but offers great tips for anyone living in hurricane-prone areas.

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An excerpt from Morgan Freeman’s cookbook, by PLAN!T NOW Celebrity Council member Michael Douglas.

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This homeowner’s checklist from FEMA will help you learn what you can do to avoid hurricane damage to your home.

"Surviving Disaster deconstructs how the brain responds to life-or-death events—so that we can all learn to do better. The documentary includes many characters from my book, in addition to other survivors of all kinds of trauma, from tsunami to car crashes. One young survivor describes in unflinching detail exactly what it felt like to get out of a house fire as a little girl in Texas. It is the kind of story you will never forget once you see it, and it is told with a purpose—to help the rest of us become smarter and stronger in our own homes and communities." - Amanda Ripley, author of THE UNTHINKABLE, Who Survives When Disaster Strikes.

It's been just over five years since this revolutionary book was first published and we urge you to celebrate by buying a copy of THE UNTHINKABLE. It's essential mantra is ours : practice makes perfect where preparedness is concerned. Go to PBS.com to purchase the 2012 companion documentary that will change your life and perspective about emergency preparedness, based on the book by the insightfully, plain-spoken Amanda Ripley. Click here and buy it on AMAZON!

Get your game on with Owlie!

Look for Owlie the mascot at the following events:

  • Maryland Day (April 26, 2014) University of Maryland Campus--Open to the public
  • 3rd USA Science and Engineering Festival (April 25-27, 2014) Washington DC Convention Center
  • Nationals Weather Day (April 2014). Washington Nationals baseball team in partnership with the NWS office in Sterling, Va., and Fox TV
  • Public Service Recognition Week (May 4, 2014). Event Sponsor--US Govt Office Personnel Management (OPM). Several government mascots participate including Smokey Bear

To help increase awareness of the need for educating children about severe weather preparedness, PLAN!T NOW (P!N), has teamed up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service (NWS), the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the National Education Association (NEA) to produce The Young Meteorologist Program (YMP). The program is a free online resource and computer game starring OWLIE, a wise, weather-savvy hero who educates and empowers children and adults alike as he teaches severe-weather science, weather awareness and safety. Click here and play the game now!

TODOS HELP DONATE EMERGENCY WEATHER KITS

You can help protect low-income and disadvantaged families in Mexico and the U.S.!

PLAN!T NOW, in collaboration with Estes Mexico and other corporate partners, is working to provide life-saving weather survival kits--including water, storage-ready food, flashlights, batteries, first-aid kits and other critical supplies--and emergency family plans for residents in two severe-weather vulnerable towns in Mexico and the U.S.

Your tax-deductible donation today helps save lives tomorrow--give now.

For more information and the metric for this project, click here.