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Click to edit this preheader text. is the official website devoted to helping disaster survivors. It's a portal to help survivors locate more than 70 forms of assistance across 17 federal agencies via the internet using their desktop computer, tablet or mobile device. Using prescreening technology, offers an anonymous questionnaire that generates a personalized list of assistance a survivor can apply for based on the answers. The site also provides other disaster-related information and resources to help before, during and after a disaster.

New Weather Alerts Feature Empower FEMA App Users

Did you know you can now receive National Weather Service alerts on the FEMA App? You can get weather alerts for as many as five U.S. locations that you specify – not just in your own area but in other places you care about.
"Emergency responders and disaster survivors are increasingly turning to mobile devices to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters," said Craig Fugate, FEMA administrator. "This new feature empowers individuals to assist and support family and friends before, during, and after a severe weather event."
Weather alerts are just one of the variety of features available on the app. Other features include comprehensive safety tips for more than 20 types of hazards, the ability to share photos of disaster areas, maps of open shelters and open Disaster Recovery Centers, a link and phone number to apply for federal disaster assistance, and recent blog content. If your device is set to Spanish, the app displays content in Spanish.
You can download the FEMA App for Android and Apple devices or text ANDROID or APPLE to 4FEMA (43362) and FEMA will text you a link to download it (standard message and data rates apply). Users who already have the app downloaded on their device should download the latest update for the weather alerts feature to take effect.

To learn more about the app, watch FEMA's video and visit the FEMA App page.
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Looking for Benefits? Visit, Your Path to Government Benefit Information homepage is the U.S. Government's official website for government benefit information. is home to more than 1,200 government benefits from across 17 federal agencies. As the sister site of, has a category dedicated to disaster relief, and houses a number of disaster relief benefits. For example, you can learn about Crop Insurance, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that protects agricultural producers against crop losses resulting from natural disasters. On, you can find out what benefits you may be eligible for, and information on how and where to apply. There is a wide variety of benefit information on—from Healthcare to Tax Assistance. If you are in need of help and aren't sure what's available for you, is a good place to start. offers the Benefit Finder questionnaire to help you find out what benefits you may be eligible to receive, and it's available on any computer or mobile device. No matter how you choose to access the website, the Benefit Finder remains an anonymous way to search for benefits based on your specific needs. After answering questions in the Benefit Finder, you can then browse through your benefit results to learn more about the benefits that may be right for you. To help guide your search further, you can look for benefits by state, category, or federal agency.You can also find information on programs like Savings Bond Redemption and Replacement, a U.S. Department of the Treasury program that allows bond owners in areas affected by a presidentially-declared disaster to redeem bonds prior to the expiration of the initial 12-month holding period. This program is just one of many you can learn about on Stay connected with by subscribing to the quarterly Compass e-Newsletterand news articles to receive benefit information, news and helpful tips to your inbox.  

Disaster Survivor Assistant Teams Register Local Residents in Neighborhoods Impacted By Flooding

The following photo appeared on highlighting the work of Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams (DSATs). DSATs are deployed after a disaster and provide on-site registration, applicant status checks, expedited delivery of disaster assistance, on-the-spot needs assessment; and provide access to Federal, State, Tribal, local and non-government entities offering survivor services as needed. DSATs use all available tools to register survivors after a disaster, including 
FEMA DSAT members Wayne Waletich, right and Rose Machor, center, register local resident Biddie Loya with FEMA. Residents impacted by the recent flooding may register for disaster assistance or get information about their application by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA); TTY 1-800-462-7585Photo by Jocelyn Augustino - San Marcos, Texas Jun 20, 2015 Site Metrics Fiscal Year to Date (October 1- May 31, 2015)

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Questionnaire2014 NPM Event Report Back Survey
John Simpson - Community Manager (Contractor) (Aug 15th 2014 8:13 am)
Thank you for taking 10 minutes to fill out the 2014 National Preparedness Month event report back survey. Your answers will help us share your stories and highlight your accomplishments on this community, on our website, and our social media channels. If you coordinated multiple events, please fill out a report back for each event.

DocumentNational Preparedness Month 2014 Digital Engagement Toolkit
John Simpson - Community Manager (Contractor) (Aug 15th 2014 4:38 pm)
The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is: "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare." We recommend using digital media tools as a way to promote National Preparedness Month, September 1st-30th. The toolkit includes suggestions for engagement through social media.

DocumentMes Nacional de Preparación 2014 - Herramienta de participación digital
John Simpson - Community Manager (Contractor) (Aug 15th 2014 4:38 pm)
El tema del Mes Nacional de Preparación del 2014 es: "Sensibilícese con los desastres, tome medidas y prepárese". Les recomendamos que utilicen las redes sociales para promover el Mes Nacional de Preparación, del 1 al 30 de septiembre. El archivo ofrece sugerencias sobre cómo promover la participación digital en las redes sociales.

DocumentNational Preparedness Month 2014 Logo
John Simpson - Community Manager (Contractor) (Aug 15th 2014 4:38 pm)
The National Preparedness Month 2014 Logo is available in different file types (.ai, .jpg, .pdf) and in different color formats (Black, CMYK, RGB, White).

Message2014 National Preparedness Month
John Simpson - Community Manager (Contractor) (Aug 15th 2014 4:46 pm)
The National Preparedness Month 2014 Digital Engagement Toolkit is now available for download. Click here to download the Toolkit and to learn more ab

DocumentHow to Get Involved 2014 NPM Quick Guide
John Simpson - Community Manager (Contractor) (Aug 15th 2014 4:49 pm)
This is a helpful Quick Guide for anyone who needs a link to the digital engagement toolkit or any information about National Preparedness Month 2014. 



The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council.

The Youth Preparedness Council is a unique opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a highly distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit. Additionally, the youth leaders have the opportunity to complete a self-selected youth preparedness project and to share their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions and questions regarding youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national youth preparedness organizations. Once selected, members serve on the Council for one year, with the option to extend for an additional year, if formally requested by FEMA. 

Council activities and projects center around five key areas of engagement: Programs, Partnerships, Events, Public Speaking/Outreach and Publishing. Members represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and share information with their communities. They also meet with FEMA on a regular basis to provide ongoing input on strategies, initiatives and projects throughout the duration of their term. 

Any individual between the ages of 12 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community, may apply to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council. Individuals who applied last year are highly encouraged to apply again. Adults working with youth and/or community preparedness are encouraged to share the application with youth who might be interested in applying.  

Youth interested in applying to the Council must submit a completed application form and two  letters of recommendation. Specific information about completing and submitting the application and attachments can be found in the application instructions. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than February 24, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST in order to be eligible. New Youth Preparedness Council members will be announced in May 2014.  

For more information about the Youth Preparedness Council and to access the application materials, please visit




Preparedness Backpack

School bells are ringing for many students across the nation. As your child heads back to class, are they ready for emergency situations that can arise?  Prepare yourself and children now to be disaster-ready throughout the school year.  In addition to keeping your emergency contact information up-to-date at your child’s school, follow these steps:

·       Find out where children will be taken if they have to evacuate the school;

·       Ask if they store enough food, water and other supplies in case they have to “shelter-in-place;”

·       Designate a friend or relative to pick up your children in an emergency and make sure the school knows who that person is; and

·       Ask how they will communicate with families during a crisis.

Remember, back-to-school preparedness means more than buying notebooks and pencils!  Visit the new Ready Kids site for valuable tools to help kids, parents and teachers prepare for emergencies.

Family Matters

September is National Preparedness Month – the annual campaign to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses and communities. We want to encourage you – as individuals and families – to pledge to prepare during the month of September but we also want to encourage you and your family to make preparedness a part of your daily life every day moving forward. Here are three easy steps for you and your family to take to get involved and be better prepared:

Step 1: Pledge to Prepare

The first step to getting involved is to register as a coalition member at Members will have access to the online community, resources and tools available to help get you and your family prepared for an emergency.

Step 2: Take a Free Online Preparedness Course

Developed in partnership with the Emergency Management Institute and in consultation with faith-based and community partners, FEMA’s “IS-909 Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone” training course will introduce you to a program for promoting individual and community preparedness through simple and engaging activities. The course is free, available online and is designed for anyone to use in coordination with your local emergency preparedness partners.

Step 3: Implement Simple Preparedness Activities

FEMA has made available to the public, free training and resources to help you and your family to take action and implement simple preparedness activities. Some of the simple activities include:

·       Creating a no-cost or low-cost disaster kit;

·       Preparing for utility outages; and

·       How to use a fire extinguisher.

Fast-Moving Flames

Raging wildfires near Yosemite National Park have threatened thousands of homes, forced evacuations and initiated a state of emergency for the San Francisco Bay Area.  The fire described as “one of the largest in recent California history” may also impact the area’s water supply and power grid. If these fast-moving flames are in your area, do you know what to do? Take these steps to stay safe if you are at home:

·       Arrange temporary housing with a friend or relative outside of the area in case you need to evacuate;

·       Shut off any natural gas, propane or fuel oil supplies at the source;

·       Fill up any pools, tubs or garbage cans with water;

·       Place valuables that cannot be damaged by water in a pool or pond. Put other valuables in the car; and

·       Remove flammable drapes or curtains.

If advised to evacuate, do so immediately taking your disaster supply kit with you. Be sure to let someone know where you will be.

All of this information and more can be found on the family of web-sites.


“Be Informed, Be Ready, Be Prepared”




Washington, DC, August 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Sixty percent of Americans self-reported they currently do not have a family emergency plan in case of a natural disaster or other emergency, according to a 2013 national survey conducted by the Ad Council. To encourage parents to engage their children (ages 7-12) in a conversation about preparing for emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ad Council unveiled a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) as part of their Ready Kids campaign. The PSAs are launching in advance of the tenth annual National Preparedness Month (NPM).


Managed and sponsored by FEMA’s Ready Campaign, NPM is observed in September to raise awareness and encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses, and places of worship. In partnership with Citizen Corps, emergency preparedness officials, and the Ad Council, NPM is an opportunity to disseminate emergency preparedness information and host sponsor activities across the country to help Americans understand what it truly means to be ready.


“Educating and engaging youth is an integral step in preparing the nation for all hazards,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “Youth have a unique ability to influence their peers and families to be more resilient, and children can play an important role in disaster preparedness, during and after a crisis.”


Created pro bono by New York-based advertising agency Deutsch Inc., the TV, radio, outdoor, print and digital PSAs take a humorous approach to emphasize the importance for parents to involve their children in the preparedness process. Through these PSAs, families are provided preparedness conversation starters including: who to call as your out-of-state emergency contact, where to meet if everyone is separated, and what to pack as part of your emergency supply kit. The PSAs direct to the redesigned Ready Kids website where parents can find age-appropriate tools and resources they need to make preparedness a year-round family activity. The PSA campaign is also being localized for the New York City market in partnership with the New York Office of Emergency Management. The local PSAs direct New Yorkers to search Ready Kids at or call 311, both of which will provide them with the tools and information to help them take the necessary steps to be prepared.


“The Ad Council has inspired millions to engage in conversations with family and friends on tough topics like safe sex and drugs over the years; emergency preparedness is another one of those tough, important topics, where we need a dialogue with our kids,” said Val DiFebo, CEO, Deutsch NY. “We are excited to have worked with the Ad Council and FEMA on this project that demonstrates by not having an emergency plan, we are inviting chaos in.”


The Ad Council’s survey also found that although 73 percent of Americans strongly agree that taking some simple steps to prepare could help protect them and their family in the event of a disaster, only 19 percent of respondents believe they are “very prepared” for a disaster.

“Our research has shown that parents need to prioritize family discussions about potential emergencies. These conversations are critical and can have a drastic impact on your family’s safety in the event of a disaster,” said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “The Ready Kids campaign gives parents the tools needed to communicate and plan for emergencies in an age-appropriate manner.”


Launched in 2006, the Ready Kids campaign is a family-friendly extension of the national Ready campaign, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and has proven to be one of the most successful campaigns in Ad Council’s 71-year history.


Per the Ad Council model, PSAs are distributed to media outlets nationwide and run and air in advertising time and space donated by the media. The random digital dial (RDD) computer assisted telephone survey was commissioned by the Ad Council, was conducted in partnership with Clark Research, LLC from July 23 to August 14, 2013. The sample consisted of 800 adults nationwide.


For more information on the campaign visit or follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter @ReadyGov. Communities

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Calendar event 2013 National Preparedness Month in L.A. County Kick-Off Event and Disaster Preparedness Workshops and Expo for Seniors, Persons with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs
NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
Los Angeles County will be honoring the residents and staff from SEASONS at Compton who have embraced this year's National Preparedness Month's theme "You Can Be the Hero" as they have successfully completed the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency 20-hour certified Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. "Heroes" will be honored at a special ceremony where they will be presented certificates of achievement and they will also be presented their CERT backbacks and equipment. Following the conclusion of the CERT graduation ceremony, attendees will be able to visit the Los Angeles County Operational Area Disaster Preparedness Workshops and Expo. Attendees can also register for Los Angeles County Specific Needs Awareness Planning (SNAP), a voluntary disaster registry for persons with disabilities and others with access and functional needs and 2013 The Great California ShakeOut drill scheduled on October 17, 2013 at 10:17 a.m.

Calendar event Emergency Online Communication Training
NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
Communicating with social media is new, and often confusing, for emergency operations center personnel. Participating in an Emergency Operations Center is just as confusing for local government web professionals who are typically without incident command education and are often the ones tapped to disseminate information in a disaster. The 2013 National Association of Government Web Professionals National Conference will feature a single track of sessions dedicated to emergency online communications on Friday. The Friday Focus will bring together web and emergency professionals, combining technical and practical "boots on the ground" experience. These sessions are included in the cost of registration for the full conference, which takes place September 25-27, 2013. A special rate is also available for those who are only able to attend the Friday training on emergency online communications. Visit for more information and registration.

Calendar event 29 Semana Estatal de Cultura Laboral
NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
EL CONSEJO ESTATAL PARA EL DIÁLOGO CON LOS SECTORES PRODUCTIVOS LA COMISIÓN CONSULTIVA ESTATAL DE SEGURIDAD Y SALUD EN EL TRABAJO EL CONSEJO CONSULTIVO ESTATAL DE CAPACITACIÓN Y ADIESTRAMIENTO OBJETIVO Unir los esfuerzos de Cámaras, Asociaciones, Sindicatos, Instituciones Educativas, Empresas,Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil y Dependencias de los tres niveles de Gobierno, para que a través de la capacitación, la seguridad y la salud en el trabajo se logre mejorar e incrementar el desarrollo económico en el Estado de Jalisco, con justicia, equidad e inclusión, como lo exige la necesidad de permanencia en un mundo globalizado y competitivo. ENFOQUE La Nueva Cultura Laboral concibe el trabajo como medio para el desarrollo integral de la persona, pero también como parte del binomio indisoluble trabajador-empresa, con una filosofía incluyente y retadora, con compromiso y voluntad para generar una mayor productividad y competitividad.

Calendar event Basic CERT Training
NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
Annual basic CERT training courses for Henrico County. Classes are held on Tuesdays mornings or Thursday evenings for nine weeks with a drill on November 2, and open to anyone in the Central Virginia region. Information online at

NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
Join Governor John Hickenlooper & Mayor Michael B. Hancock for COLORADO REMEMBERS 9/11: LOOKING AT THE FUTURE OF NATIONAL SECURITY Featuring JOE LIEBERMAN and JANE HARMAN - moderated by VINCENT CARROLL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 - 6:30 PM THE UNIV. OF DENVER - NEWMAN CENTER - GATES CONCERT HALL, 2344 E ILIFF AVE, DENVER, CO 80208 Thank you to our sponsors: The CELL, The Denver Post, The Oil and Gas Industry of Colorado, First Bank & the University of Denver

Calendar event 2013 National Preparedness Month Launch
NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at 11 AM, join NYC OEM and FEMA Administrator Fugate to launch National Preparedness Month. This event will take place at the Staten Island Children's Museum.

Calendar event Are You Ready?
NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
Office Of Preparedness has partnered with our organization to provide training, skills, and resources for the community. Mr. Men Brown if the Shelby County Memphis district will facilitate the event. All are welcome

NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
With September being NPM donated emergency items will be collected to prepare disaster/emergency kits for senior citizens of Hancock County/Sparta. This event will start today and run through the end of September. The event will be extended by month if necessary. The items will be placed in container in the lobby of the Hancock County Courthouse

Calendar event Carolina 440 Amateur Radio On Air Net
NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
A special edition of out Monday evening radio net on Sept. 30th with discussion and questions for participating stations about emergency preparedness

Calendar event National Preparedness Month Town Awareness Campaign
NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
The Mayor of Myersville, will be visiting Town Residents (door-to-door) to provide a package of FEMA/Ready.Gov informational brochures on the subject of Emergency Preparedness, with suggestions of tasks and activities the Citizens of Myersville can and should do to be prepared for events the Community could experience both locally and in the region.

Calendar event 2013 National Preparedness Month Launch
NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
Join New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYC OEM) to launch National Preparedness Month at the Staten Island Children's Museum.

Calendar event Saddleback Valley Toastmasters
NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
I will be giving a preparedness speech to the members of the Saddleback Valley Toastmasters.

Calendar event Pedaling 4 Preparedness (P4P)
NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
Kicking off National Preparedness Month via bike, by "Pedaling 4 Preparedness!" I will be doing a mini bike tour through the Puget Sound to discuss how a bike can be a lifesaving resource in the time of disaster (depending on the disaster of course). Whether it's used to evacuate before a tsunami, to maneuver through broken and/or clogged streets following an earthquake, or to transport food, water, and first aid supplies to survivors after a hurricane, bicycles have been found to be a useful and readily available resource. Let's come together and better prepare our communities one pedal at a time! Check out more info here:

Calendar event Be Prepared Don't Be A Zombie 2013 Run
NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
The purpose of this event is to educate attendees on preparedness and to have them leave with a 72 hour kit they can build from vendors. The 3K and 5K runs are to garner participation in a safe and fun wooded environment.

Calendar event BRACE's Youth Emergency Preparedness (YEP!) Expo
NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
BRACE, the Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies, will hold Northwest Florida's largest Youth Emergency Preparedness (YEP!) Expo. The event is free and open to the public. The Expo's many activities and demonstrations will help teach families the importance of preparing for disasters and how to respond during emergencies. This year's event will be conducted as a National Day of Service and Remembrance event. Attendees will have an opportunity to serve the community through a food drive for those served by Manna Food Pantries. Activities at YEP! will include: Kids' scavenger hunt and other games and crafts, Emergency preparedness activities for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H awards, First Responder equipment and demonstrations, and much more. For more information visit

Calendar event Disaster Prep, Fire Safety, and Hands-only CPR Training
NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
Newport News CERT will be teaching disaster preparation, fire safety, and hands-only CPR to volunteers at the Virginia Peninsula Food bank as part of its events for National Preparedness Month.

Calendar event National Night Out
NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
Newport News CERT will join with Newport News Police Department, Neighborhood Watch Coalition and Target to provide crime prevention and disaster preparedness information.

Calendar event FREE Rabies Vaccination Clinic
NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
Peninsula MRC, Newport News CERT, Peninsula Health Dept. and Newport News Animal Services will be providing free rabies shots for dogs and cats ages 12 weeks or older. City/County animal licenses are not required and will be available for purchase

Calendar event FREE Rabies Vaccination Clinic
NPM Team - FEMA (Sep 4th 2013 8:48 am)
Peninsula MRC, Newport News CERT, Peninsula Health Dept. and Newport News Animal Services will be providing free rabies shots for dogs and cats ages 12 weeks or older. City/County animal licenses are not required and will be available for purchase.







***Webinar Announcement***
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) on Campuses 
Wednesday, May 8 
3:00 p.m. EDT 
Join us at 3:00 p.m. EDT on May 8 for a discussion of Campus CERT and its role in emergency preparedness.
FEMA recognizes the unique needs of college and university campuses and is developing tools and resources to help institutions of higher education implement and sustain Campus CERT programs which will help them prepare their campus before, during and after a major disaster or emergency. 
Guest speakers from the University of Southern California, Michigan State University and North Carolina Central University will share their experiences and lessons learned with Campus CERT and outline the value-added benefits the program provides their campus community.
Did you know over 2,000 local jurisdictions and dozens of college and university campuses across the country have used the CERT model to prepare their communities for disasters? You’ll learn exactly what CERT is and what it is not. More importantly, you’ll find out how CERT training can improve the security of your student population and the whole community.
Registration will open next week. Please follow us on Twitter @Citizen_Corps and get next week’s e-Brief to sign up for the webinar!


Now AvailableFinancial Preparedness for Disasters Webinar Recording
The Starting Early: Financial Preparation for Disasters and Emergencies,” webinar co-hosted on April 9 by the Financial Literacy Education Commission and Operation Hope, broke record participation levels – exceeding 2,000 registrants! The webinar was so popular it overwhelmed our system. We extend our apology to those who could not access the event. However, the webinar recording and partner presentations are now available for downloading. To view the webinar recording, please visit
The webinar features welcoming comments from Timothy Manning, Deputy Administrator of Protection and Preparedness at FEMA. During the event, partner organizations highlighted the often overlooked aspect of disaster preparedness – finances. Our partners shared valuable information on: 
  • Programs designed to protect and empower consumers;
  • Advice on who to contact and what to do regarding finances before, during and after disasters and emergencies; and
  • Resources for financial preparedness, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s blog, which focuses on protecting and rebuilding finances after a disaster.  
 For more information on financial preparedness, please access newly updated tools and resources at Thanks again for making this webinar a huge success!


Tribal Input Needed For Emergency Declaration Process
As part of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013, a new provision amended the Stafford Act to provide federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native governments the option to make a request directly to the President for a federal emergency or major disaster declaration. 
To implement this historic provision, FEMA is consulting with Indian tribal governments through the publication of a “Solicitation for Comments Regarding Current Procedures to Request Emergency and Major Disaster Declarations” in the Federal Register.
We would like to further discuss three currently trending topics in a National Tribal Consultation conference call on Thursday, April 18 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.The three trending topics include: 
  • The Public Assistance threshold;
  • Individual Assistance declaration criteria; and
  • Cost Share adjustment for Indian Tribal governments.  
Please join us in a National Tribal Consultation conference call to provide your comments on Thursday, April 18 at 3:00 p.m. EDT by dialing 888-708-5699Pin1601121.
FEMA also will also accept comments via our online collaboration site and by email at until April 22, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.


A Better Chance for a Brighter Future
Save the Children has launched a new online hub, the U.S. Center for Child Development and Resiliency, to help ensure children affected by disasters get a better chance for a brighter future. The U.S. Center for Child Development and Resiliencyoffers grant opportunities, child care emergency preparedness trainingand preparedness kits tailored to children. Click here to access these resources.


Final Call for Youth Preparedness Council Nominations
FEMA is collecting applications for the Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) and there are only four days left to apply or nominate someone – so hurry and submit your application today!
Youth can apply on their own or individuals who are familiar with their preparedness activities can nominate them. Applicants/nominees must be between 12 and 17 years old. The deadline for applications and nominations is April 19, 2013. For more information about the YPC application and FAQs, please visit


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Preparing Makes Sense. Get Ready Now.


The Sons of The American Legion - Detachment of Georgia have joined forces with The American Legion to actively communicate the important message of "Preparing Makes Sense."  Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge comments that "Terrorism forces us to make a choice. We can be afraid. Or, we can be ready."  The Detachment of Georgia - Sons of The American Legion encourages every citizen to get prepared.



1. Make an Emergency Supply Kit


All citizens should assemble an emergency supply kit for immediate accessibility in the event of disaster.  At least one gallon of water per person per day, as well as kits of canned and dried foods.  Be prepared for cold weather and climate with warm clothes and a sleeping bag for each member of the family.  Many potential terrorist attacks could send tiny microscopic "junk" into the air and many of these materials can harm - so think about creating a barrier between the contamination and the home.  It's smart to have something for each member of the family that covers the mouth and nose - and don't forget the needs of your pets.



2. Make a Family Communications Plan


Develop a Family Communications Plan.  Your family may not be together when disaster strikes so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations.  Consider a plan where each family member calls, or e-mails the same friend or relative in the event of an emergency.  It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-state contact may be a matter of survival. 


Create a Plan to Shelter-in Place. There are circumstances where staying put and creating a barrier between yourself and potentially contaminated air outside, a process knows as "shelter-in-place" can be a matter of survival.  Choose an interior room or one with as few windows and doors as possible.  Consider precutting plastic sheeting to seal windows, doors and air vents.


Create a Plan to Get Away. Plan in advance how you will assemble your family and anticipate where you will go.  Choose several destinations in different directions so you have options in an emergency.  Become familiar with alternate routes as well as other means of transportation out of your area.  If you do not have a car, plan how to get away.  Take your emergency supply kit with you.  If you believe the air could be contaminated, drive with the windows and vents closed and keep the air conditioning and heater turned off.  Listen to the radio for instructions.


Plans at School and Work.  Think about the places where your family spends time: school, work and other places your family frequents.  Talk to your children's schools and your employer about emergency plans.  Find out how they will communicate with families during and emergency.  A community working together during an emergency also makes sense.  Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together!



3. Be Informed


Some of the things you can do is to develop an emergency kit and develop a family communications plan...but it's also important to be aware of potential terrorist threats, such as biological, chemical, explosive, nuclear and radiological, that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take.


Call: 1-800-BE-READY (1-800-237-3239) for a free brochure or go to to learn about potential terrorist threats.



4. Remain Calm

Be prepared to adapt this information to your personal environment.   It's important to follow instructions received from authorities on the scene.  Above all, stay calm, be patient and think before you act.  With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected.  Get ready now.



FEMA's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) National Program Office is pleased to announce the release of updated materials for the CERT Basic Training course. 
What are the changes?  The updated course is the same effective training as before, with the units and topics organized in the same way.  However, edits were made throughout all of the course materials including the Participant Manual, Instructor Guide, and the PowerPoint files.  These changes are intended to assure that protocols are up-to-date and that the content is as clear as possible for those taking the training. Since there are many edits throughout the training, CERT instructors are encouraged to review all of the updated materials. 
Who made the changes?  To update the Basic Training, FEMA worked with a panel of 12 experienced CERT trainers from across the country, followed by a review by local CERT programs designated by the CERT or CERT/Citizen Corps coordinator in each state.  FEMA senior leadership and FEMA’s technical review team also reviewed and commented on the updated material.  We are grateful for the time and effort from state and local programs that went into this update!
Where can I find the new material? The course files are now available on the national CERT website.  Please visit and click on "Training Materials" to access documents in PDF or Word.  On the website you will also find the updated Participant Manual in low vision format.  If your local CERT program will need the Participant Manual in Braille, please contact your State Program Manager.  State Program Managers can email the CERT National Office with numbers on a state by state basis. 
Please note that the updated Instructor Guide references a series of videos that CERT trainers may want to use when they conduct the Basic Training course.  These videos are available on the website by clicking on "Video Material" on the home page. 
What comes next? Later this year, the CERT National Office will be posting a new CERT Train-the-Trainer course and the new CERT Program Manager course.
Thank you for your continued interest in and support of CERT, and for all you do in preparing for and responding to disasters in your community!
CERT National Program Office
FEMA Individual & Community Preparedness Division  




The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program at FEMA is pleased to announce publication of the new CERT Liability Guide,  now available for download on the Supplemental Information page of the National CERT website at   
CERT programs across the nation support post-disaster response and help ensure that CERT efforts are as safe and effective as possible.  CERT advocates have understood that program activities can create risk and adverse consequences; however, perceptions about liability may become a larger barrier to CERT formation, activities and partnerships than is justified by reality.  The purpose of this Guide is to offer information and suggested techniques to help local CERT programs overcome this barrier.  The audience includes local programs, their sponsoring government agencies and legal advisors, and CERT members themselves.
The new CERT Liability Guide presents the benefits of risk management for CERT programs, including building confidence and a positive public image for the program, reducing the cost of insurance and avoiding other costs, helping to preserve a local program’s investment in its members, and increasing overall participation in CERT. 
The Guide also presents five steps to effective risk management for local CERT programs:  1) Securing leadership support; 2) Collecting information to identify liability exposure; 3) Identifying and analyzing risks; 4) Adopting strategies to manage risk; and, 5) Adopting standard practices for ongoing risk management.  Specific activities and considerations are described under each of the five steps.  
Local CERT programs that consistently follow the process described in the new Guide can benefit themselves, their sponsors, their members, and the community. Please download and review the CERT Liability Guide.  And please let CERT practitioners and advocates around the country know your thoughts about the new Guide or any aspect of CERT at the CERT Online Forum.  Share your ideas, suggestions and comments at http://community.fema.govThank you! 
National CERT Program
Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Preview the Next Generation of

As a subscriber to emails from the Department of Homeland Security website, we wanted to let you know the website has undergone a redesign.  You’re invited to take a look at a preview site and offer feedback before we officially launch the new site within the next two weeks and retire the old one.
Feedback from our users and best practices in user-centered design guided the changes we made to improve our website.  Your feedback of our work will be extremely valuable as we strive to make continuous improvements to our next generation website.

Take a Tour and Give us Your Feedback

  • Visit new Topics pages, with their own Resource Directories to relevant information.
  • Use How Do I? sections to quickly find answers to commonly-asked questions
  • Learn how to Get Involved with agency activities for the public
  • Go to the About  DHS section to learn about DHS’ budget, organization, careers and history 
  • See our new multimedia page and photos of DHS at work in the News section.
Please note we also plan to adopt an improved search engine at launch.  So the onsite search function does not work yet on the preview site.  If you use the search box, your search results will return you to the “old” DHS website..
About our Website Redesign
The goals of the redesign are to simplify and unify our website content and create a more consistent look and feel throughout the site
At the next generation DHS website, we are aiming to:
  • Provide valuable information
  • Help you find what you need with better navigation and improved content 
  • Make it easier for visitors to engage with DHS 
Thanks in advance for helping us evaluate if we met our goals.  We hope you enjoy browsing the new website. 


Welcome to National Preparedness Month!
On Friday, August 31, President Obama signed a proclamation designating September as National Preparedness Month (NPM).  NPM is led by FEMA's Ready Campaign in partnership withCitizen Corps and The Ad Council.  The campaign is a nationwide effort encouraging individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies. In partnership with federal, state, local and private sector organizations, NPM is a time to elevate the importance of preparedness and to encourage individuals, communities and businesses to take the steps to protect themselves and those they care about during hazardous events.  
The 2012 theme– Pledge to Prepare – asks individuals, families and organizations to make a commitment and to take an action to prepare.
Start today by:
National Preparedness Month is supported by a coalition of public, private and non-profit organizations working to help spread the preparedness message. The National Preparedness Coalition is the nation’s largest public online forum organized to improve our nation’s resilience against all-hazards. It is comprised of individuals engaged in preparedness – and those who want to be engaged in preparedness – who are committed to strengthening, sustaining and enhancing the resilience of their communities. To become an NPM Coalition Member and find preparedness events that may be taking place near you, visit: Get started today!

Be Ready Using Disaster Preparedness Apps, Texts and Technology!

Today’s technology makes it even easier to stay prepared before, during and after a disaster or emergency event. Download these apps and resources today to ensure you stay prepared during the next emergency or disaster event!
  • Download the FEMA App to access disaster preparedness tips, build a personal emergency kit and look for open Disaster Recovery Centers along with open shelters (if you're a disaster survivor).
  • Local emergency management officials often have notification systems. Opt-In to a distribution for your community. To find out if your community offers such services, contact your local office of Emergency Management.
  • Signup to receive a monthly preparedness tip from FEMA's text messages program.
  •  Bookmark important mobile sites:
                  American Red
                 Center for Diseases
                 National Hurricane
  • Follow FEMA and Ready on line:
                 FEMA Blog
                 Administrator Craig Fugate on Twitter
                 FEMA on Twitter / Ready on Twitter
                 FEMA on Facebook
                 FEMA on YouTube

Preparedness Planning and Taking Action

Being informed of your local hazards and how to respond to them is the first step in becoming more prepared. Making a plan, building a kit and getting involved are further actions to take to strengthen your family’s resilience to any disaster or emergency event.
Be Informed: Learn about potential emergencies which may occur in your local community and the ways to respond to each. Do you live near a flood plain, an earthquake fault line or in a high fire danger area? Does your neighborhood or community have a disaster plan? Being aware of your area’s disaster risk and how to prepare and respond to it will increase your likelihood of staying safe.
Make a Plan: Learn how to create a Family Communications Plan or Personal Emergency Plan in case you and your loved ones are not together during a disaster or become separated during an emergency event.
Build a Kit: Review information about basic emergency kits and how to personalize them with required medications, an emergency medical contact card, first aid supplies, extra food, water, etc.  A checklist for items to consider as part of this basic kit is also available.
Get Involved: Whether at work or at home, learn how you can be a part of a volunteer network before, during and after any disaster event by contacting your local Citizen Corps Council or signing up to receive preparedness training and becoming a part of your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Training is a great way to get involved – take part in FEMA’sFREE online training course: IS-909 – Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone or complete the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) online training course, VIPS and Disaster Response, which explores how volunteers can help build law enforcement’s capacity to respond to natural disasters, public health crises and other emergencies.
Remember, preparedness is a shared responsibility and has activities for everyone! Do your part to make your family and community safer and more resilient.  

Our Nation’s Youth and the Impact they have on Preparedness

Children comprise approximately 25 percent of our nation’s population and are the future of our communities. They play an important role in disaster preparedness and each have the unique ability to help their communities be safer, stronger and more resilient before, during and after a disaster or emergency event. As such, we all have a vested interest in engaging and empowering youth to become active participants in individual, family and community preparedness. Research states that:
  • Youth who are trained in preparedness are more resilient in actual disasters.
  • Youth are highly effective messengers for reaching and influencing parents and other adults.
  • Youth who are engaged today will ensure a future generation of prepared adults.
Youth preparedness is a priority at FEMA and is why the agency recently introduced the first ever Youth Preparedness Council. This select group of youth leaders from across the country will lend their voices, opinions, experiences, ideas and solutions to help strengthen the nation’s resiliency for all types of disasters. Bring youth preparedness to the forefront of your community byimplementing a youth preparedness program. Much like FEMA, the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) recognizes the importance of engaging youth in preparedness and for the past two summers has held a summer camp for youth focusing on Teen CERT training, youth emergency preparedness, leadership and action planning. What is your area doing with youth preparedness? Share your story and/or ideas on the NPM Coalition Website today!
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