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The more you prepare for an emergency in advance, the quicker you will be able to recover and get life back to normal. These videos demonstrate preparedness in action or stress the importance of getting prepared before a disaster strikes. Visit Ready.gov to get prepared today.
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September 20, 2013
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  • Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez III encourages everyone to become familiar with safe practices in any situation.

    National Safety Month

    Video by Earl Boyd
    Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez III encourages everyone to become familiar with safe practices in any situation.
  • Listen to your local weather forecast and use caution in times of extreme heat and high humidity.  More tips at www.Ready.gov/heat

    Staying Cool in Extreme Heat

    Video by Sandy Jasmund
    Listen to your local weather forecast and use caution in times of extreme heat and high humidity. More tips at www.Ready.gov/heat
  • Chicago Bears Cornerback Charles Tillman and Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez encourage everyone to make family emergency plans and then practice their plans so all family members are prepared.

    Charles Tillman And Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez Encourage Everyone to Practice Their Emergency Plans

    Video by Sandy Jasmund
    Chicago Bears Cornerback Charles Tillman and Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez encourage everyone to make family emergency plans and then practice their plans so all family members are prepared.
  • Being prepared for disasters starts with awareness of the steps to take for your family.

    Be Aware Of How To Prepare

    Video by Sandy Jasmund
    Being prepared for disasters starts with awareness of the steps to take for your family.
  • Disasters can affect everyone.  Learn how to prepare by visiting ready.gov.

    Disasters Can Happen To Anyone

    Video by Sandy Jasmund
    Disasters can affect everyone. Learn how to prepare by visiting ready.gov.
  • This National Preparedness Month, make sure to include a communications plan as part of your emergency preparedness kit.

    Everyone Needs A Disaster Communications Plan

    Video by Sandy Jasmund
    This National Preparedness Month, make sure to include a communications plan as part of your emergency preparedness kit.
  • Pets are part of our families.  So make sure to include items in your family emergency kit that your pet will need should disaster strike.

    Make Sure To Include Your Pets In Your Family Emergency Plans

    Video by Sandy Jasmund
    Pets are part of our families. So make sure to include items in your family emergency kit that your pet will need should disaster strike.
  • Chicago Bears Cornerback Charles Tillman and Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez encourage everyone to make emergency preparedness plans.

    Charles Tillman and Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez Kick-off National Preparedness Month 2013

    Video by Sandy Jasmund
    Chicago Bears Cornerback Charles Tillman and Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez encourage everyone to make emergency preparedness plans.
  • Disasters can happen at any time.  Make sure to have an emergency plan for your family even when travelling.

    Have An Emergency Plan While In Airports

    Video by Sandy Jasmund
    Disasters can happen at any time. Make sure to have an emergency plan for your family even when travelling.
  • Philadelphia, Penn., September 27, 2013 -- Steve Edwards, Region III Community Preparedness Officer represents FEMA at the University of Pennsylvania's Preparedness Fair.

    UPenn Preparedness Fair

    Photo by Peter Herrick, Jr.
    Philadelphia, Penn., September 27, 2013 -- Steve Edwards, Region III Community Preparedness Officer represents FEMA at the University of Pennsylvania's Preparedness Fair.
  • Charleston, S.C., December 19, 2014 -- FEMA employees successfully completed the pilot session of the FEMA Incident Workforce Academy (FIWA).  The academy was a two-week intensive which took place in Charleston S.C. at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

    FEMA Incident Workforce Academy Graduating Class

    Photo by Tiffany P. Johnson / FQS Unit
    Charleston, S.C., December 19, 2014 -- FEMA employees successfully completed the pilot session of the FEMA Incident Workforce Academy (FIWA). The academy was a two-week intensive which took place in Charleston S.C. at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
  • Student Tools for Emergency Planning Logo

    Student Tools for Emergency Planning Logo

    Photo by Eilis Maynard
    Student Tools for Emergency Planning Logo
  • Paul Morey describes his personal experience and professional involvement in Hurricane Katrina. Paul was living in Ocean Springs Mississippi when Katrina made landfall and made the decision to evacuate with his wife who at the time was nine months pregnant. Paul recalls the response and reflects on lessons learned.

    Plan to Evacuate - Paul Morey

    Video by Dominick Biocchi
    Paul Morey describes his personal experience and professional involvement in Hurricane Katrina. Paul was living in Ocean Springs Mississippi when Katrina made landfall and made the decision to evacuate with his wife who at the time was nine months pregnant. Paul recalls the response and reflects on lessons learned.
  • Plymouth, Mass., April 29, 2014 -- FEMA's Steve Colman (standing) introduces New England's first Hostile Action Based Radiological Emergency Preparedness exercise during a meeting with the exercise evaluators.  (L-R Sitting: Marty Vyenielo, Joe Suders, Linda Gee, and Brad Dekorte).

    Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise in Massachusetts

    Photo by Eilis Maynard
    Plymouth, Mass., April 29, 2014 -- FEMA's Steve Colman (standing) introduces New England's first Hostile Action Based Radiological Emergency Preparedness exercise during a meeting with the exercise evaluators. (L-R Sitting: Marty Vyenielo, Joe Suders, Linda Gee, and Brad Dekorte).
  • Plymouth, Mass., April 30, 2014 -- Local, state and federal officials work side by side at the Plymouth, MA emergency operations center during New England's first Hostile Action Based Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise.

    Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise in Massachusetts

    Photo by Eilis Maynard
    Plymouth, Mass., April 30, 2014 -- Local, state and federal officials work side by side at the Plymouth, MA emergency operations center during New England's first Hostile Action Based Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise.
  • Plymouth, Mass., April 30, 2014 -- Police Chief Michael Botiery (center back) works with partner officials at the Incident Command Post during New England’s first Hostile Action Base Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise.

    Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise in Massachusetts

    Photo by Eilis Maynard
    Plymouth, Mass., April 30, 2014 -- Police Chief Michael Botiery (center back) works with partner officials at the Incident Command Post during New England’s first Hostile Action Base Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise.
  • FEMA Region I works in collaboration with state, local, and Canadian officials during a tabletop exercise in Massachusetts. This "cross-border" exercise was designed to improve communication during an emergency or disaster that affects two or more states, and, in this case, Canada.

    Region I Cross-Border Tabletop Exercise

    Photo by Eilis Maynard
    FEMA Region I works in collaboration with state, local, and Canadian officials during a tabletop exercise in Massachusetts. This "cross-border" exercise was designed to improve communication during an emergency or disaster that affects two or more states, and, in this case, Canada.
  • FEMA Region I works in collaboration with state, local, and Canadian officials during a tabletop exercise in Massachusetts. This "cross-border" exercise was designed to improve communication during an emergency or disaster that affects two or more states, and, in this case, Canada.

    Region I Cross-Border Tabletop Exercise

    Photo by Eilis Maynard
    FEMA Region I works in collaboration with state, local, and Canadian officials during a tabletop exercise in Massachusetts. This "cross-border" exercise was designed to improve communication during an emergency or disaster that affects two or more states, and, in this case, Canada.
  • <p>Sacramento, Calif., July 24, 2014 -- FEMA employees at the 2014 California State Fair. They are standing in front of a booth and under a tent.&nbsp;The FEMA team handed out relevant disaster preparation materials to members of the public. Individuals could also spin FEMA&#39;s disaster wheel, answer a question, and win a give away.</p>

    FEMA Employees at 2014 California State Fair

    Photo by FEMA

    Sacramento, Calif., July 24, 2014 -- FEMA employees at the 2014 California State Fair. They are standing in front of a booth and under a tent. The FEMA team handed out relevant disaster preparation materials to members of the public. Individuals could also spin FEMA's disaster wheel, answer a question, and win a give away.

  • <p>Portland, Ore., July 19, 2014 -- People from all over Portland learned about their Earthquake risk at the FEMA booth at the Portland Disaster Relief Trials. The map depicted the shaking intensity for the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a fault that is overdue for a major earthquake. People marked where they were from on the map to find out how much shaking they would have.</p>

    Earthquake Risk Map Teaches People about Shaking Intensity at FEMA Booth for the Disaster Relief Trials

    Photo by Mary Beth O'leary

    Portland, Ore., July 19, 2014 -- People from all over Portland learned about their Earthquake risk at the FEMA booth at the Portland Disaster Relief Trials. The map depicted the shaking intensity for the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a fault that is overdue for a major earthquake. People marked where they were from on the map to find out how much shaking they would have.

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