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Author: Joshua Ottow
My name is Josh Ottow, and I am the assistant principal at Yarmouth High School in Maine. Yarmouth is a suburban town of approximately 8,000 residents and 1,400 students, with 500 students at our high school. I serve on a team of administrators that helps plan for security and emergency preparedness in our district. Currently, we have an emergency management protocol that applies to all schools, and has additional specific information and plans for individual schools.  We feel that Yarmouth High School is already a safe school, in that we foster a trusting and respectful school culture,...
Posted On: November 6, 2013
Author: Flat Stanley and Flat Stella
We’re really excited for Halloween and can’t wait to go Trick-or-Treating! How about you?!?!As Stella and I talked about all the candy we wanted to get, we thought of ways we could remind everyone that getting prepared can be fun too!So…..We’ll use the map we drew of our neighborhood from our family communication plan to highlight our trick-or-treating path! You can too!We want to make sure to go to all of our neighbors’ houses.Our map also has our family meeting location, just in case anything happens.  If your family communication plan doesn’t include a map, maybe this weekend you can...
Posted On: October 30, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
A year after Hurricane Sandy, we’ve seen countless stories of communities coming together and neighbors helping neighbors to recover from this storm.  While we still have a long way to go, the signs of recovery can be seen across the region.  We remain committed to standing with those impacted as they continue to build back, and will continue to provide all eligible aid as this effort goes on. Visit the New York and New Jersey disaster pages for more recovery updates.
Posted On: October 29, 2013
Author: Eilis Maynard
Wondering how colleges and universities tackle emergency preparedness? It’s a job for the experts, many of whom joined with FEMA last week to discuss the topic.  But it wasn't an in-person meeting - we used Twitter to host a virtual "panel" of universities while taking questions from others.Emergency management professionals from Boston College, DePaul University in Chicago, Florida State University, and Virginia Tech took to Twitter for an hour on September 18 to answer questions about their preparedness methods and the unique threats their schools face.The most exciting portions of the...
Posted On: September 23, 2013
Author: Darryl Madden
Last week marked the start of National Preparedness Month.  All across the country, communities are hosting preparedness events encouraging everyone that “You can be the hero” when it comes to emergency preparedness.Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of kicking off the month with partners in the New York City area. One thing we stressed at different events is how easy getting prepared can be.  For some things – like talking through a family communication plan – just takes time.  It’s not expensive at all, and the return on your investment of time will return great dividends...
Posted On: September 10, 2013
Author: Ashley Wargo, Dave Bujak
Tweeting, tagging, poking, and pinning.  This may sound like a foreign language to some, but to the FSU Alert team at Florida State University, this is everyday language.  The presence, purpose, and promise of social media can no longer be ignored, and our team has been working hard to combine the worlds of social media and emergency preparedness to help keep our campus community updated and informed.For the tenth annual National Preparedness Month this September, Florida State University has created FSU Emergency Preparedness Week (#FSUPrep) during the week of Sept. 9 to highlight...
Posted On: September 9, 2013
Author: Steve Edwards
After I left the office on August 6, 2013, I went to the annual “Crime Prevention and National Night Out” celebration sponsored by the Springfield Police Department, Delaware County, PA, the Target Corporation, along with local businesses. National Night Out's goal is to “heighten crime and drug prevention, gain support for local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit, and let criminals know that Springfield residents are committed to keeps Springfield Township safe.”National Night Out was successful in Delaware County because it represented the diversity of the community. ...
Posted On: August 27, 2013
Author: Michael Sharon
Great weather has a way of getting people outside – and in this case, it helped share the message of being prepared for emergencies.  On Saturday, July 27, the warm temperatures brought out hundreds of residents to their local Home Depot store for new tools and supplies so they could work on home improvement projects. In Downingtown, PA, people that arrived at their local Home Depot, saw various private sector, local, and state representatives who came together to encourage preparedness in the community.We were there from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., talking to customers and answering...
Posted On: August 16, 2013
Author: Randy Wagoner
As we celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 2013, I recall a quote by Justin Dart Jr., the man described as the Father of the ADA.  Dart said, “The vision of justice is an eternal long march to the promised land of the good life for all." Now for those that may not know, the ADA is a landmark civil rights law passed in 1990 with bipartisan congressional support and signed by President George H.W. Bush.  The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in areas like employment, participation in State and local...
Posted On: July 26, 2013
Author: Art Faulkner
There is no question that April 27, 2011 changed the lives of Alabamians. On that one day, our state experienced more than 60 confirmed tornadoes causing widespread devastation. Soon after, we decided to do all we could to make our state safer in the future.In the days, weeks and months following the tornadoes, Governor Bentley and I toured the state and heard the personal stories of disaster survivors.  Many of them told us how they only had moments to find safety while praying for their lives and the lives of their loved ones.They were the lucky ones that day.  No matter how...
Posted On: July 18, 2013


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