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This year, FEMA commends the Emergency Management Institute on their 70 years of training those who serve our nation. The Civil Defense Staff College opened April 1, 1951 with the intention of teaching civil defense courses during the Cold War. Concerns about a potential attack led the college to relocate the campus from Olney, Maryland to St. Joseph’s campus in Battle Creek, Michigan.

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As more and more people get vaccinated and we begin to return to busy schedules, it is important to remember to take time to plan for disasters.

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Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), a non-profit organization that organizes values-based education programs and community outreach projects nationwide, has deployed a volunteer response team to support the City of Philadelphia, FEMA, and other government partners at the Center City Vaccination Center (CCVC). This site is equipped to deliver up to 6,000 doses of the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine each day. It is the second federally supported community vaccination center in the nation to benefit from HSS’s assistance.

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Since the opening of Philadelphia’s two city-managed and FEMA-supported community vaccination centers (CVC), the City has provided various accommodations to ensure equitable access to community members. This includes the provision of access and functional need considerations, such as wheelchairs and language translators, among them, American Sign Language (ASL) and deaf interpreters.

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On Jan. 20, President Biden set the goal of 100 million vaccinations in 100 days.

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The tornado struck so quickly that Reverend Judi Hoffman barely had time to dive into the bathtub to get to safety. The storm struck in the very early morning on March 3, causing extensive damage to the 113-year-old sanctuary, parsonage and church office building of the East End United Methodist Church (UMC) in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Flood insurance rates can be costly and difficult to understand. FEMA is working to change that with the new pricing methodology: Risk Rating 2.0 – Equity in Action.

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FEMA and the Indian Health Service are partnering to provide mobile vaccination services to tribal communities in North and South Dakota as part of efforts to ensure vaccinations are easily available to everyone.

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On Earth Day each year, we are reminded to appreciate the earth’s environment and the issues that threaten it.

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FEMA Reservist and Creative Services Manager Joe Castel is deployed to support COVID-19 response efforts.

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Last updated September 9, 2021