DHS and FEMA Updates
Strengthening Resilience Across the Nation
With the various threats our nation faces – both man-made and natural – have you ever wondered “How prepared are we as a nation?” Be sure to read the 2012 National Preparedness Report (NPR) just released by FEMA and its partners. ). The Report identifies significant progress the nation has made in areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. Citizen Corps Councils are a critical resource in building our nation’s resilience. Learn more and take action to be prepared. And don’t forget to check out the various webinars Citizen Corps has hosted. Many highlight the preparedness issues and topics discussed in the Report.
More than 940,000 Drop, Cover and Hold On in Utah!
At 10:15 a.m. on April 17, more than 33 percent of the entire State of Utah – that’s more than 940,000 Utahns – participated in one of the most successful Shakeout exercises ever and learned to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in the event of a massive earthquake. Supported by the Utah Division of Emergency Management, a goal of the agency is to involve members of the public in its drills to increase awareness and overall resilience of Utah citizens.
Citizen Corps Councils throughout the State provided support by distributing preparedness information and materials to non-governmental organizations wanting to get involved. For more information on how to participate in ShakeOut drills, please visit http://www.shakeout.org/ ShakeOut drills have expanded to more than 15 other states in recent years with an eventual goal of reaching individuals in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
For information and resources on how to prepare your community for all-hazards , visit http://www.ready.gov/be-
FEMA’s Online Community – Where Your Ideas Come to Life!
FEMA recognizes the best solutions to the challenges we face are generated by the people and the communities who are closest to them. That is why FEMA is taking a “whole community” approach and reaching out to state, local, and tribal governments, and all members of the public, including the private sector, the disability community, and volunteer community, to seek ideas and suggestions to improve the nation’s emergency management system. FEMA’s online community, Think Tank, has two components to facilitate conversation and new ideas:
Open Dialogue and Discussions
Join your colleagues through an online forum in viewing, contributing, and commenting on conversations about emergency preparedness, disaster response and recovery, and other emergency management topics. To date, more than 2,600 ideas and comments have been generated through this online forum including youth preparedness, training, emergency management planning, and making our communities more resilient to disaster events! Don’t miss out –visit FEMA’s online community today — it’s where ideas come to life!
Monthly Conference Calls
Join more than 500 State, Local, Tribal, and Federal emergency managers, first responders, and other individuals on monthly conference calls with FEMA’s Deputy Administrator Serino to discuss real-life solutions and ideas generated through the online forum. Conference calls are open to the general public and a great opportunity for Citizen Corps council members to learn and share information about whole community preparedness and best practices.
The next call will focus on Recovery and will be broadcast live from Joplin, Missouri on Tuesday, May 15. Deputy Administrator Serino will facilitate discussions on how we can better prepare and recover from disasters. Participation details will be posted, please look for the announcement when you’re submitting your ideas to the online forum!
Citizen Corps Partners and Affiliates Updates
May is National Older Americans Month!
May is National Older Americans Month and as our nation continues to prepare for and respond to disasters, there is a lot Citizen Corps councils can do to engage seniors in preparedness planning and ensure plans are in place to accommodate our elderly population in times of emergency. View the Preparing Makes Sense for Older Americans video today to learn more about reaching out to this national treasure of Americans and how to tailor an emergency preparedness kit to any personal circumstance. Seniors can also get into the spirit of individual and community preparedness and planning by joining Senior Corps which is a great opportunity to continue their legacy of giving back!
Finally, take a look at the following webinars that Citizen Corps has hosted on preparing the aged community for disaster:
Click here to learn about preparedness considerations for aging Americans.
Click here to learn about how Meals on Wheels is helping to prepare older Americans!
Get FloodSmart Before Time Runs Out!
Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster to affect every state across the country. Severe weather has already brought significant flood events to many states in the U.S. As we continue to monitor conditions and respond to these hazards, we also must look forward to summer and hurricane-related weather patterns that will heighten flood risks for many communities.
FEMA officials are urging U.S. residents to prepare their homes and businesses for heightened flood risks associated with hurricanes and tropical storms. Be sure to visit theNational Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for detailed policy requirements.
Additionally, this year’s National Flood Conference is being held in Austin, Texas from May 6 – May 9! This annual event is the perfect venue for individuals, community leaders and organizations to learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program, the impact of severe flooding and what they need to do to be prepared for a flooding event.