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Tis Another Season to be Ready

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Posted by: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public Affairs

Whether its summer, fall, winter or spring, disasters are not limited to just one season -- and neither is our need to prepare for them. At FEMA, preparedness is always a top priority, and we are constantly encouraging the public to get ready for emergencies.

One of our favorite things about the holiday season are the traditions we create with our families,  neighbors and  communities. At FEMA, our holiday tradition is our annual "Resolve to be Ready" campaign during which we encourage Americans to give the gift of  preparedness - whether to a loved one or themselves.

If you're scrambling to find last minute gifts, basic essentials like flashlights, batteries and even NOAA weather radios make for great - and practical - stocking stuffers. And if you're still looking for a New Year's resolution, why not consider resolving to be ready in 2011? It's a resolution that is fairly easy to keep and could save your life, or the life of a loved one. Click here for preparedness gift ideas or simple steps you can take to resolve to be ready.

Throughout this holiday season, our FEMA leaders from across the country have been getting this message out in their communities. Last week, Ken Murphy, our Region 10 Administrator, made the case to readers of the Oregonian. And earlier this week, Nancy Ward, our Region 9 Administrator, highlighted how Californians are doing their part to get ready for earthquakes and other hazards in the LA Daily News.

No matter which part of the country you live in, tis another season to be ready. And for those of you that already have taken steps to be prepared, share the success stories from your family or business.

- Rachel


Last Updated: 
02/26/2013 - 14:18


FEMA,<br /><br />Thank you for this post on "Resolve to be Ready". There is a lot of very valuable information contained in here. NAPSG will be sure to include a blog on our website about it and urge our network of public safety practitioners to help get the word out in their communities.<br /><br />One suggestion to further enhance related efforts is to provide additional education, outreach, and awareness at the local level on How to Operationalize US National Grid across all of public safety. USNG use is critical in any incident involving S&R - and can greatly increase effectiveness. If public safety is prepared & READY to operationalize USNG - it will measurably help to increase their ability to save lives. <br /><br />This fall NAPSG foundation conducted a series of trainings and workshops in 5 different FEMA regions - reaching over 600 emergency responders in just 2 months. Our trainings included basic information on how to use USNG, however, we learned that most of the participants had never used USNG, let along know how to use it in emergency operations. Thus, we have identified a critical capability gap that is essential for true readiness. In response, we suggest that NAPSG Foundation, FEMA and USFA partner to develop and deliver training at the local level to emergency responders across the US on "How to Operationalize USNG". There is clearly and interest and a demand by the locals. A partnership effort on this would further enhance the "Resolve to be Ready in 2011" campaign. <br /><br />Thank you again for this blog. We hope you will consider the issue on how to achieve greater use of USNG by local emergency responders as part of the "Resolve to be Ready" endeavor for 2011.<br />Rebecca Harned<br />NAPSG Foundation<br />

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