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Author: Ernie Mitchell
I have a challenge for you.  Wherever you’re reading this blog post, look around the room you’re in. Do you know two ways that you could safely exit the room in the event of a fire? Sunday marks the beginning of Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13), and the fire service, teachers, and others in your communities across the U.S. will be sharing fire safety tips, with a focus on the importance of knowing how to safely evacuate your home, school, or office during a fire.  We’ll be using the slogan “Have Two Ways Out”, which is a key ingredient in knowing the fire escape plan for...
Posted On: October 5, 2012
Author: Flat Stanley and Flat Stella
Did you know every state has its own emergency management office? A lot of big cities do too. We got to check out the Washington, D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (D.C. HSEMA) and we learned a lot about the important work people do at these offices every day.First, HSEMA let us peek into their Emergency Operations Center.   Even though the room was empty, when there’s an emergency, it’s filled with people busy working to make things better.  The room fills with people from lots of different places -- federal agencies like FEMA, businesses like power...
Posted On: October 2, 2012
Author: Andrew Velasquez III
National Preparedness Month is a good time to consider the unique challenges we face in our communities when disaster strikes. FEMA Region V located in downtown Chicago, IL. -- the third largest city in the U.S. in a vibrant metropolitan area. Every day millions of people commute to work, attend school, and enjoy our beautiful parks and attractions - right in our downtown area. Chicago is not unlike many urban areas around the county, but how many of us consider the unique challenges and threats that can arise when we live and work in the heart of all the action?Living and working in an urban...
Posted On: September 28, 2012
Author: Mary Jo Flynn
The Anaheim Citizen Corps Program was honored to have FEMA Flat Stanley and Stella join us for a day of training in Anaheim, California.  They were really excited to participate with our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and meet some of our residents and businesses in the area who wanted to be better prepared for disasters.   They learned that the City of Los Angeles, Anaheim’s neighbor 30 miles to the north, started the CERT program after the 1985 Mexico City earthquake as a way for neighbors to help one another after emergencies.   Anaheim has had a CERT...
Posted On: September 28, 2012
Author: Flat Stanley and Flat Stella
Although we’ve only been working at FEMA for a few months now, we have learned how important it is to be prepared, no matter where you are.  And with the new school year underway, we’ve been learning some important things to help keep kids and parents safer.  Things like:Complete an emergency contact card for each child in your family. Put the cards in their backpacks or book bags.Find out how often they have students practice what to do in the event of severe weather or a fire.Teach your children how and when to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency medical services number for help....
Posted On: September 20, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
As we often say at FEMA, emergencies can strike at any moment, anywhere which is why it’s so important to be prepared for an emergency.  The Center for Domestic Preparedness provides responders with knowledge to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from chemical, biological, explosive, radiological, or other hazardous materials incidents. This training has proven to be a critical investment in ensuring responders, individuals, and communities are prepared for an emergency.We wanted to share the recent experiences of Sutter Health employees that completed the Healthcare...
Posted On: September 12, 2012
Author: Craig Fugate
It’s been three weeks since Tropical Depression #9 became “Isaac” in the central Atlantic.  Over that time, we saw a slowly growing and changing storm and a closely coordinated emergency management team that was ready to respond to it. The team included local, state, tribal and federal government, the private sector, faith-based organizations and volunteer agencies– and FEMA was proud to be part of it.I traveled across the Gulf Coast, before, during and after the storm, and witnessed years of advanced planning become a smart response. Investments in mitigation paid off, preventing the...
Posted On: September 11, 2012
Author: Marcie Roth
Even before Tropical Storm Isaac hit the Gulf coast, FEMA disability integration specialists from across the nation were preparing to travel to the areas that would be hardest hit. There, they would join other FEMA personnel and countless others from voluntary and community organizations, local, state, federal and tribal government, and the private sector who would answer the call to help the survivors of Isaac’s lingering and widespread deluge of rain and wind.Right now, FEMA has seven Disability Integration Advisors serving in Louisiana and Mississippi. Their expertise is guiding the...
Posted On: September 7, 2012
Author: Paulette Aniskoff
This week members of the FEMA Youth Preparedness Council attended their inaugural meeting in Washington, DC to discuss steps to strengthen the nation’s resiliency against all types of disasters.Council members had the opportunity to share their ideas, experiences, solutions and questions on youth disaster preparedness with FEMA leadership including Administrator Craig Fugate, Deputy Administrator Richard Serino, and Deputy Administrator for Protection and National Preparedness Tim Manning, other federal agencies and national organizations.When meeting with the council, Administrator Fugate...
Posted On: August 10, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Our National Preparedness Symposium is currently going on and includes stakeholders across all areas and levels of emergency management, discussing how to increase emergency preparedness in a way that builds community resiliency.  We will continually update this blog post throughout the Symposium as we get perspectives from those on the forefront of making their communities and America better prepared for emergencies. Follow the conversation on Twitter: #NatlPrep Schedule of events: femagpd.com/agenda (Posted 10:40 a.m. Eastern, August 9)   Arlington, Va., Aug. 9, 2012 --...
Posted On: August 9, 2012

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