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Author: Tim Manning, David Miller
At FEMA, we’ve been working hard to ensure that our nation continually strengthens its resiliency and becomes as prepared as it can be against all hazards. Today we took another step forward in that ongoing effort with the release of the Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 201: Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment. The THIRA process builds on the progress we’ve achieved so far with the National Preparedness Goal and the description of the National Preparedness System. Ultimately, the THIRA process provides a common way to more fully understand all of the risks communities face –...
Posted On: April 4, 2012
Author: Public Affairs
Last Tuesday, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate met Maj. Gen. Eyal Eizenberg, the current commanding general of Israel’s Home Front Command, who is visiting the United States for a series of key governmental meetings.The Home Front Command and Israel’s National Emergency Management Authority (FEMA’s Israeli counterpart) have collaborated with us for over four years under an memorandum of understanding with DHS. The MOU provides the mechanism through which FEMA and Israel established an Emergency Management Working Group.The working group seeks to develop exchanges of information and support...
Posted On: March 26, 2012
Author: Dan Stoneking
With historic numbers of disasters over the last eighteen months, the concept of private sector preparedness has proven to be a continued indicator of good business sense. With the DHS announcement last week that AT&T Inc. is the first company certified to PS-Prep™ standards, we have reached another important milestone in this journey.PS-Prep is a voluntary program that encourages private sector organizations to prepare against all-hazards, and recognizes organizations that adopt a DHS-selected voluntary preparedness standard.Why spend the time, energy and cost to become certified?...
Posted On: March 21, 2012
Author: Tim Manning
FEMA and its partners are seeking your input on four working drafts of the National Planning Frameworks, and the initial draft of the Recovery Federal Interagency Operational Plan, which are part of Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness. PPD-8 is a policy directive that asks federal agencies to work with the whole community—including all levels of government, individuals and communities, businesses, nonprofit and faith-based organizations—to work together to improve national preparedness.As an element of the implementation of PPD-8, the National Frameworks, focusing on...
Posted On: March 5, 2012
Author: Jack Harper
As the City Manager for a city of nearly 10,000 residents in Texas, I recently had the opportunity to attend resident training at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness, in Anniston, Ala. The city has benefited from CDP training for several years as we’ve been encouraging members from our emergency response departments to enroll in training at the facility, and I wanted to attend a course there as well.As city manager, I have specific roles related to the overall oversight of municipal operations within the city. However, I am also active with emergency management, serving on Hillsboro’s...
Posted On: February 28, 2012
Author: Paulette Aniskoff
Last month, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Special Assistant to the President on Homeland Security Richard Reed, and FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino recognized seventeen local leaders who have spearheaded creative and effective community preparedness projects. Their local efforts involve the whole community and contribute to building a more resilient nation. The honorees, selected as recipients of this year’s Individual and Community Preparedness Awards, were also recognized as White House Champions of Change.At a White House event honoring these champions, more...
Posted On: February 24, 2012
Author: Dennis Campeau
Wednesday morning, February 8, at 9:57 a.m. CST, as most people were probably going about their workday, a historic event happened at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. At that moment, the first group of state, local, and tribal responders went through live agent training inside CDP’s Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological, or COBRA, training facility using biological materials.Since the CDP opened in 1998 the facility has provided the only location in the U.S. where civilian responders could train with chemical agents GB and VX. As of Wednesday, those same...
Posted On: February 16, 2012
Author: Michael Widomski
You’re familiar with the candy hearts with the sayings, “Be Mine,” “Cutie Pie” or “Sweet Talk.” What if there were hearts that read “Be Prepared” or “Get Ready”?Every year on Feb. 14th, the streets are usually filled with people carrying flowers and boxes of chocolates.This Valentine’s Day, why not think outside the candy box and truly demonstrate your devotion by helping loved ones be prepared? Think about it. In the end you’ll also be helping yourself by ensuring that the ones you love are around for a long time to come.So, how can you do this?All of us here at FEMA have provided some...
Posted On: February 14, 2012
Posted by: Jason McNamara, Chief of StaffAnniston, Ala., Feb. 1, 2012 -- FEMA Chief of Staff Jason McNamara (Left) observes Robi Mobley, Human Patient Simulator (HPS) specialist, administer medication to an HPS commonly used in healthcare training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). FEMA/Derek JensenOne of the challenges we often face in preparing for disasters is providing training that matches the realism of an actual event. I observed training Wednesday in a newly-renovated FEMA facility that is about as realistic as it gets without actually going through a terrorist attack or...
Posted On: February 3, 2012
Author: Richard Serino
On behalf of the entire FEMA team, I want to thank everyone who participated in the first FEMA Think Tank conference call last Thursday, January 26, from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee (UWM). As you may know, nearly 650 people from state, local and tribal governments, the private sector, disability community, volunteer community and the public joined us on the call, and I was incredibly pleased that our conversation was so productive and engaging.I began the Think Tank last year after hearing from a number of people – including emergency managers and college students – who had...
Posted On: February 3, 2012


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