PLAN!T NOW advocates empowerment of people through information and connection, and creates dialogue between people and organizations preparing for and dealing with natural and human-made disasters. Operating with the understanding that no matter where you live, a natural disaster can happen at any time, PLAN!T NOW advocates the power of preparedness.
PLAN!T NOW is a non-profit organization that assists communities at risk of being negatively impacted by disasters including hurricanes and tropical storms, flooding, winter storms, earthquakes, fires and other natural and man-made disasters. Working with both public, government, nonprofit and private partners from fields as diverse as disaster relief, insurance, social work, disaster studies and meteorology, we disseminate important information that help those at risk of disasters prepare their families and communities. Using resources collected from expert sources, we provide vital information to the people and industries facing the greatest need from disasters is all of their forms.
In the United States, our work includes outreach to areas along the Southeast Atlantic coast from North Carolina to Florida, communities along the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Texas. In the Caribbean, our work has targeted areas that include Grenada, Aruba, Northern Antilles, St. Lucia, Barbados, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. In Central America, our work is aimed at those living on the Gulf Coast in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
We give scholarships to students whose lives have been affected by disasters and who will contribute to preparedness and severe weather studies in their communities, offering financial aid to help them continue their education. We also are working to underscore the role that families, especially children can have in community disaster preparedness.
One of PLAN!T NOW’s major initiatives is developing our Young Meteorologist Program, a online educational game adapted from an existing public education tool used by the National Weather Service. This game, which will be distributed in 2012 in coordination with PLAN!T NOW’s science and education partners, teaches students about the causes of seven types of severe weather – hurricanes, lightning, flooding, tornadoes, winter storms, earthquakes/tsunamis and fires.The goal of the game is to not only teach students how to prepare for each type of hazard, but to teach them how each forms and becomes dangerous. Kids will be asked to take the lessons they learn from the game and apply it in their communities, from creating public service projects to creating a larger network of young people across the country discussing preparedness.
Another major initiative of PLAN!T NOW is PREParation for Emergencies and Recovery, a project with UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work that creates a digital portal through which people with special needs and their families can create, store and update a personalized emergency plan for themselves and their families. “Disaster happens when preparation doesn’t.”
PLAN!T NOW is a 501(c)3 IRS designated, tax-exempt public charity.