This week we invite you to apply to serve on the National Advisory Council (NAC) and we’d like to share a story about preparedness.
The story, called “SnowCrew,” about helping elderly and disabled neighbors dig out after a blizzard, comes from one of our community managers who, outside of his work with Community.FEMA.gov, is passionate about preparing his neighbors online so they are able to help each other offline during severe weather events and other emergencies.
SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
FEMA is requesting individuals who are interested in serving on the National Advisory Council (NAC) to apply for appointment. The NAC is an advisory committee established to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.
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SNOW CREW: BY JOSEPH PORCELLI – COMMUNITY MANAGER (CONTRACTOR)
Like you, I believe the responsibility of being prepared falls on all of our shoulders. And like you, I actively help the members of my community to prepare.
In addition to my responsibilities as Community Manager (Contractor) on Community.FEMA.gov, I voluntarily run a not-for-profit organization I founded in Boston nine years ago. We help neighbors “do stuff with and for each other” by connecting in an online community like Community.FEMA.gov.
My experience leading this community has taught me many valuable lessons that I think you will appreciate learning about and could help you with the important work you do in your communities.
What I hope you will take away is that being prepared includes having a pre-existing relationship with your neighbors and having ways to communicate so that when the next severe weather event or emergency happens, you and your neighbors will be in a better position to bounce back faster and with fewer future challenges.
Click here to ready my story.