We asked four employees to share more about their role at FEMA and the work they do to ensure that FEMA is equitable when we help people before, during and after disasters.
John Tomlinson could have been left behind in the turmoil following Hurricane Ian. At age 84, with half of his left arm amputated due to complications from an accident decades earlier, there was only so much he could do to protect his home, a travel trailer, from the approaching Category 4 storm.
Nicole Wood, deputy director of the DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, shares more about our efforts to end human trafficking.
Three employees sharing about their role at FEMA and the work they do to ensure that FEMA is equitable when we help people before, during and after disasters.
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.