FEMA Community Preparedness e-Brief:
- Preparedness Makes Good Financial Sense
- A Time to Remember, A Time to Prepare
- Now Accepting Nominations for the Rick Rescorla Award
- Be Ready for Disasters at Any Age
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Preparedness Makes Good Financial Sense
April is Financial Literacy Month, so help ensure a strong financial future for you and your family by taking simple steps now to make your money work for you before, during and after a disaster or emergency. In partnership with the Financial Literacy Education Commission and Operation Hope, FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division will host a free webinar today from 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT entitled, “Starting Early: Financial Preparation for Disasters and Emergencies.” Speakers will share information on best practice programs and tools to engage local communities on the often overlooked financial aspect of disaster preparedness.
Don’t forget to order free publications from USA.gov to receive tips on retirement benefits, smart saving for college, avoiding financial set backs and more. You’ll also get a copy of the Consumer Action Handbook, full of tips on how to avoid scams and fraud to protect your finances.
To register for the webinar, please visit: http://connect.hsin.gov/financiallita/event/registration.html
Please use this link if you are already a registered HSIN user and simply need to log in to the webinar: http://connect.hsin.gov/financiallita/event/registration_login.html
A Time to Remember, A Time to Prepare
Join the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and FEMA Region III for a one day event on April 30 entitled, “A Time to Remember, A Time to Prepare: A Whole Community Stakeholder Workshop.”
This workshop will focus on current topics of interest and is an excellent opportunity to hear updates from IAEM officials and other subject matter experts to develop collaborative efforts to face current and future challenges in preparedness. Topics will include an overview of lessons learned post Hurricane Sandy, public private partnerships, campus preparedness, legislative updates, funding , effective communications and more.
Registration is limited to 150 individuals. To register, visit http://www.iaem.com/page.cfm?p=events/regional-meetings.
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has opened the nomination period for the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience. Be sure to nominate a leader in your community for the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience by May 31, 2013. The award recognizes non-governmental individuals or organizations who emphasize leadership in effective disaster preparation, response and recovery efforts.
The Department of Homeland Security created this award in 2012 in memory of Richard “Rick” Rescorla, a hero of 9/11, who gave his life helping his colleagues safely evacuate the World Trade Center. In 2011, Secretary Napolitano posthumously awarded Mr. Rescorla with the Department’s highest honor, a DHS Distinguished Public Service Medal. Find out more about the award and learn how to nominate someone from your community at http://www.dhs.gov/rick-rescorla-national-award-resilience.
Be Ready for Disasters at Any Age
The likelihood of recovering from an emergency tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparation done today. Each person’s abilities and needs are different and should be included in disaster plans. Emergency managers are urging all Americans, in particular the elderly who can be especially vulnerable when disasters strike, to review and update disaster plans.
Some steps you can take at home or in your own community include:
Speaking with adult living facility administrators about specific disaster plans.
Creating a network of neighbors, relatives and friends to aid you in an emergency.
Keeping specialized items ready, including extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for service animals and any other items you might need.
Keeping a list of the type and model numbers of the medical devices you require. Be sure to make provisions for medications that require refrigeration.
Visit www.ready.gov/seniors for more information and tips.
Dates for Your Calendar!
- April 11-14: Michigan EMS Expo, Detroit, MI
- April 18-20: Annual North Dakota EMS Rendezvous Conference and Tradeshow, Bismarck, ND
- April 22-27: Fire Department Instructors Conference, Indianapolis, IN