Monica Curtis was working her shift at a Department Store when a customer, impressed by her knowledge, asked her if she had ever considered a different career path. While Curtis was also working full-time as a teacher assistant, she admitted that with her kids grown, she would love to pursue a career that allowed her to travel. He recommended FEMA, where she could help people while traveling.
Disasters disrupt lives and can often make people feel like they have no one to turn to and nowhere to go. These situations and feelings can make people more vulnerable to exploitation, including human trafficking.
This year, hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters devastated communities across the country. These incidents remind us why it’s important to be ready for anything. You never know when a disaster will happen. Being prepared can ensure you, your loved and the things you cherish are better equipped to handle the challenges that come.
For many, December is a time for traveling, decorating and shopping. These activities are not without risk. This holiday season we can take simple steps to keep ourselves, our friends and family members safe.
Each year on Dec. 3, the United Nations leads a global effort to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD) is a good opportunity to take a closer look at the work being done by FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC).
At FEMA, we know that emergency management requires expertise at all levels of government to be successful. We are at our best when we work together to help people before, during and after disasters. In July, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell implemented the new Emergency Management Exchange (EMX), a new staff collaboration designed to better understand, communicate and share emergency management practices and information across all levels of government.
The holiday season is a time for family, friends and feasts. This might mean you end up spending more time than usual in the kitchen, so it’s important to brush up on safety tips.
Meet Emily! She is a Community Planner with FEMA Region 8’s Mitigation Division. Emily joined FEMA in the Fall of 2019 with a background in land-use planning.
When disasters happen, one of the first groups to jump into action are volunteers and voluntary organizations. These organizations rally to support communities from short-term response efforts to long-term recovery. Voluntary organizations are some of the first to arrive during an emergency and the last to leave, remaining even after federal assistance is exhausted.
In the days after October 31, many put aside frights and treats to remember and celebrate the lives of those who are no longer with us. That is the premise behind Dia de Muertos (The Day of the Dead), which is observed in many Latin American communities and across the nation at the start of November. For many at the agency, dia de Muertos is a special time to reflect.