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Author: Jessica Stapf
CAPTION: Community Emergency Response Team members completing their fire extinguisher training. Photo Credit: Ready Houston In case you missed it (or #ICYMI for social media nerds like yours truly), we’ve been highlighting the great work of Community Emergency Response Teams across our social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course, here on our blog.In my post last week, I highlighted these teams as a great way to get involved within your community this year. The work of each Community Emergency Response Team is as diverse as the thousands of communities across the...
Posted On: January 20, 2015
Author: Shayne Adamski
I know that understanding data can sometimes be daunting, especially if you’re looking at a spreadsheet with rows, upon rows, upon rows of data.To make our data easier to understand, a small project team and I have been working on an innovative data visualization tool designed to help you better understand how we support communities and help visualize it in a way that tells a story. Watch this quick video to learn more about it: View in FEMA Multimedia LibraryHere’s a link to our data visualization tool.Our project team is really excited about bringing the visualization from...
Posted On: January 9, 2015
Author: Jessica Stapf
The New Year is upon us and with that comes the inevitable, hard-to-answer question: "What's your New Year's resolution?" Many will respond with something along the lines of "I'd like to give more time to my community" or "I'd like to do some volunteering."If you are one of those who have placed this on their to-do list, you may want to consider linking up with your local Community Emergency Response Team.These teams are designed to get communities more involved in disaster response and recovery:Nearly half (49%) of these teams have volunteer...
Posted On: January 9, 2015
Author: Yajaira Reyes
My name is Yajaira Reyes, I am 24 years old and am part of FEMA Corps. I am now concluding the final round of my FEMA Corps journey and am beginning to reflect at how much this program has done for me. I started this program as someone a little unsure of what the future would look like and lacking confidence in my skills and abilities and am graduating the program completely different. This program has allowed me to work and learn alongside successful professionals and leaders at FEMA while gaining skills that will help me in my future career and life. I have had experiences this year that I...
Posted On: December 11, 2014
Author: Jason Lindesmith
Is diversity important in emergency management? How do you break into emergency management?  What advice do you have for women looking to move up in emergency management? I sat down with Elizabeth A. Zimmerman, one of FEMA’s most accomplished leaders and head of the Office of Response and Recovery, to talk about her recent induction to the International Network of Women in Emergency Management Hall of Fame and to get her perspective on those big questions.Here’s what she had to say:Question: What role does diversity play in emergency management? Can having a diverse workforce...
Posted On: November 21, 2014
Author: Jessica Stapf
This week, our friends over at the Department of Energy released their newest venture: the Lantern Live app. Available for Android devices, Lantern Live gives people the ability to report the status and location of nearby fuel stations (alternative and conventional), check their area for power outages and easily access safety tips.According to the Department of Energy, “future releases of Lantern Live will likely include the ability to crowdsource information on the status of gas stations via standardized hashtags for social media.” Future releases of the app will also be built on...
Posted On: November 19, 2014
Author: Jason Lindesmith
In the emergency management world, accurate, timely information is vital.  Having that information results in better prepared communities and survivors who can recover more quickly when disaster strikes.  That’s why FEMA’s Tribal Affairs team created a new, quickly accessible information resource to provide tribal emergency managers with important information about FEMA’s disaster assistance programs: a pocket guide for FEMA and Tribal Nations. Embracing and considering the unique needs of all stakeholders is one of FEMA’s top priorities.  This...
Posted On: November 6, 2014
Author: Dawn Hart
The ability to communicate efficiently and effectively to individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) is critical to the work we do at FEMA. In every disaster, FEMA staff work tirelessly to ensure that we reach out to all disaster survivors, regardless of their language proficiency.FEMA has further demonstrated its commitment to assist LEP communities by developing a Draft Language Access Plan that outlines how to provide meaningful access to all FEMA programs and activities that impact people with limited English proficiency (LEP). This plan adheres to Executive Order 13166, Improving...
Posted On: October 20, 2014
Author: Brittany Trotter
Over the last several years, Administrator Fugate has made embracing and considering the unique needs of all stakeholders one of FEMA’s top priorities.  This approach has improved the way we engage with our partners across the emergency management team and how we’re working to ensure that as a nation we’re becoming better prepared. Tribes are vital members of this team.  They have unique needs to consider when developing and implementing policies that affect their communities.Last week, I had the privilege of speaking with Chris Howell, Executive Director for the Kansas Office of...
Posted On: September 10, 2014
Author: Craig Fugate
Editor's note: This was originally posted on the Corporation for National & Community Service blog on August 5, 2014.Emergency management requires flexibility. You plan for the worst, but also have to make sure your team is ready to tackle unforeseen challenges and unique situations. This is what makes AmeriCorps such an asset to our nation. There’s inherent flexibility in the AmeriCorps program to do community service programs above and beyond what government can do. I have seen this play out again and again in communities across the country.While I was Director of the Florida Division...
Posted On: August 5, 2014

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