FEMA Region IX: National Preparedness Division

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National preparedness is a shared responsibility—everyone has a role to play to ensure that our nation can address its greatest risks. In this section of the Region IX website, you’ll find information that will help the whole community understand what it means to be prepared and how to do it effectively.

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Remember: You can be the Hero!

Bronx, N.Y., Feb. 14, 2013 -- FEMA for Kids Community Relationship specialist Gia Galeano reads to students for the Reading Our Hearts Out Celebration at P.S. 96 in the Bronx, New York. FEMA for Kids is a program that is designed to educate children in disaster preparedness and the recovery process. K.C.Wilsey/FEMA Don't delay!  Every day is an opportunity to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters. If you’ve seen the news recently, you know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people like you. We’ve seen tornado outbreaks, river floods and flash floods, historic earthquakes, tsunamis, and even water main breaks and power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time.
Police, fire and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly in an emergency or disaster. The most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover.
FEMA recommends citizens prepare and plan in the event they must go for three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services for several days. Just follow these four steps:
Coney Island, N.Y., July 27, 2013 --The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) participated in Hurricane Preparedness Workshops held at more than 700 Home Depot stores from the Gulf Coast to New England. FEMA Mitigation Specialists Paulette Hammonds and Kathia Colon hand out literature that will help homeowners protect their homes from future hurricanes and other disasters. K.C.Wilsey/FEMA Stay Informed: Information is available from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial resources. Access Ready.gov to learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency.
Make a Plan: Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. For sample plans, see Ready.gov. Work together with neighbors, colleagues, and others to build community resilience.
Build a Kit: Keep enough emergency supplies - water, nonperishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, and battery-powered radio on hand - for you and those in your care.
Get Involved: There are many ways to get involved especially before a disaster occurs. The whole community can participate in programs and activities to make their families, homes and places of worship safer from risks and threats. Community leaders agree that the formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of volunteers, a trained and informed public, and increased support of emergency response agencies during disasters. Get involved today by downloading the 2013 National Preparedness Month Toolkit and spreading the preparedness message!

Preparedness Cycle

The preparedness cycle show that planning, organizing and equiping, training, exercising, and evaluating/improving is a continous process

Preparedness can be viewed as a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, equipping, training, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response.  This 'preparedness cycle' is one element of a broader National Preparedness System to prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.

Federal Preparedness Coordinator
Farley Howell
(510) 627-7100

Washington, D.C., June 11, 2009 -- FEMA's Acting Deputy Administrator David Garratt speaks with Ron Sanders from Virginia's Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 in Fairfax County with his dog Ondo. This is FEMA's 4th Annual Safety and Preparedness Expo and this year it's on the street in front of FEMA Headquarters. FEMA/Bill KoplitzDeputy Federal Preparedness Coordinator
Sally Ziolkowski
(510) 627-7100
Website Links

Regional Integration Branch

Technological Hazards Branch

Preparedness and Analysis

New York, N.Y., Dec. 10, 2012 -- FEMA Deputy Administrator of Protection and National Preparedness, Timothy Manning, left, gets a briefing from Operations Chief Tom Fargione, right. Fargione explained the components that his team had set up in response to Hurricane Sandy. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA
Randy Brawley
Preparededness and Analysis Branch Chief
(510) 627-7053
Joel Palmer
Preparededness Analyst/Planning Specialist
(510) 627-7193

Individual and Community Preparedness

Angela Nak
Community Preparedness Liaison
(510) 627-7105

Manhattan Beach, N.Y., April 4, 2013 -- FEMA for Seniors visited the JASA Brighton Beach/Manhattan Beach Senior Center. Community Relations Specialists gave a presentation on disaster preparedness and discussed the importance of preparing a document folder and disaster supply kit. K.C.Wilsey/FEMA Disaster can strike at any time with or with little warning.  Click on the following images to learn how you can take action steps now to ensure you and loved ones are safe and prepared.  Get Ready Now. 

  1. Be Informed
  2. Make a Plan
  3. Build a Kit
  4. Get involved
Get involved in your local Citizen Corps

Tribal Program

Anza, Calif., May 26, 2011 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Sandy Coachman (left) meets the Ramona Band of Cahuilla Tribal Chairman Joseph Domingo Hamilton for the signing of the FEMA-Tribal Agreement. The Agreement reflects the understanding, commitments, and conditions under which assistance will be provided to the Ramona Tribal Government for DR-1952-CA. FEMA/Veronica Verde
Heather Duschell
Tribal Liasion
(510) 627-7052

Continuity of Operations (COOP) Program

Pratt City, Ala., Jan. 17, 2012 -- Habitat for Humanity is building 2 new homes for tornado survivors. Jewish and Muslim NYU student and staff volunteer at the job site working side-by-side. FEMA funding and coordination with volunteer agencies help make cooperation like this possible. FEMA photo/Tim Burkitt The FEMA Region IX Regional Continuity Manager serves as the regional continuity point of contact for FEMA NCP COOP Division.  The following links provide access to currently COOP planning guidance, evaluation tool, and training information:


James R. Macaulay, CEM
Regional Continuity Program Coordinator
(510) 627-7009

Regional Integration Branch

Fred Wehrenberg, CHMM
Regional Integration Branch Chief

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

Staten Island, N.Y., March 16, 2013 -- FEMA joined with the New York City Housing Recovery Program in hosting a Housing Forum. FEMA teams, along with other federal and New York City agencies, provided survivors of Hurricane Sandy with information on the new changes to flood elevation maps. Residents locate their homes on a map showing the storm surge in the Midland Beach section. K.C.Wilsey/FEMAThe National Incident Management System (NIMS) identifies concepts and principles that answer how to manage emergencies from preparedness to recovery regardless of their cause, size, location or complexity.

National Incident Management System (NIMS)
National Response Framework (NRF)

Susan Waller
NIMS Coordinator


Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands, August 3, 2011 -- Communications Specialist Sean Kielty, FEMA Region 2 IMAT, opens the door to “The Bunker”. “The Bunker” is a complex of abandon World War II military bunkers on the island of ST. Thomas which is utilized by the IMAT for warehousing of equipment. The facility also serves as an alternate point of operations for the IMAT’s continuity of operations plan (COOP). Photo by Eliud Echevarria/FEMA The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) provides a set of guiding principles for exercise programs, as well as a common approach to planning and conducting individual exercises. 

Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS) Website - LLIS.gov serves as the national, online network of lessons learned, best practices, and innovative ideas for the emergency management and homeland security communities.

Online exercise training from the Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

Charles Srioudom
Regional Exercise Officer
Wendy Bailey
Exercise Specialist
(510) 627-7078


FEMA Training Page

Washington, D.C., October 7, 2008 -- Calvin Gurley, FEMA Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), extinguishes a gas fire as part of a training demonstration at FEMA Headquarters. The training and display, conducted by the Mt. Weather Fire and Rescue training division, is part of National Fire Prevention Week, October 5- 11, 2008. Barry Bahler/FEMA The links below provide you with a landscape of available training from our providers and grantees.  These represent the broadest landscape of training to address the needs of first responders, emergency management professional, elected officials, and citizens.  Should you have any questions, please free to reach out to:

Tomas P. Kaselionis
Regional Training Manager
(510) 627-7298
Jovanda Patterson
Training Specialist
(510) 627-7165

Emergency Management Institute
EMI Application Page
Center for Domestic Preparedness
National Fire Academy
National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC)

FEMA Training Partners-Mobile Training Calendar
Technical Assistance

FEMA Grants Approved Course Lists:

Technological Hazards Branch

Technological Hazards Program Website

Groton, Conn., Dec. 1, 2012 -- Marie Hanzel, a FEMA Applicant Services Program Specialist, stands aboard the deck of the Historic Ship Nautilus, now on display in Groton, Conn. When the ship was being built in the 1950s, Hanzel worked in purchasing for Westinghouse Electric Corporation, which built the nuclear reactor used to power the submarine. Deployed to work at the Disaster Recovery Center established at Groton after Hurricane Sandy struck the state, Hanzel discovered the sub was only a few minutes away from her workplace. Photo by Annie Donovan/FEMATechnological Hazards coordinates the national effort to enhance the emergency preparedness and response capabilities of communities surrounding commercial nuclear power plants and U.S. Army chemical weapons stockpile sites. Key programs include the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REPP) and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).

Region 9 Contacts:

Richard Grundstrom
Branch Chief
(510) 627-7240

Paul Anderson
Technological Hazards Program Specialist
(510) 627-7093

Alberto Sifuentes
Technological Hazards Program Specialist
(510) 627-7108

Johanna Berkey
Technological Hazards Program Specialist
(510) 627-7164

Elena Joyner
Technological Hazards Program Assistant
(510) 627-7195

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Pacific Area Office, Ft. Shafter, Hawaii

Kapa'au, Hawaii, November 1, 2006 - The Disaster Recovery Center, Federal and State partners work together to register residents that sustained damage from recent earthquakes. Adam DuBrowa/FEMA. (808) 851-7900

Larry Dove
Training and Exercise Specialist

The PAO Training and Exercise Specialist serves as the Region IX Point of Contact for National Preparedness Issues concerning Hawaii and the Territories of American Samoa, Guam,  and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.



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