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Author: FEMA Office of External Affairs
The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic introduces new challenges to hurricane season.  To prepare the nation, FEMA is holding webinars to expand awareness and understanding of the recently released COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season and the Exercise Starter Kits for Preparedness in a Pandemic. The operational guidance document provides actionable information to state, local, tribal and territorial officials to prepare for response and recovery operations amidst the ongoing pandemic. While it focuses on hurricane season preparedness, the planning...
Posted On: June 22, 2020
Author: FEMA Office of External Affairs
Around the world, communities are using innovative approaches to support coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts. Each week, FEMA is highlighting these extraordinary efforts so that other others can learn from and expand on them. This week focuses on unique ways communities are educating children about COVID-19.“COVID-19! How Can I Protect Myself and Others?” The Smithsonian Institution is collaborating with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) to develop an educational tool for young people that blends inquiry-based science, social and...
Posted On: June 18, 2020
Author: FEMA Office of External Affairs
Around the world, communities are using innovative approaches to support coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts. Each week, FEMA is highlighting these extraordinary efforts so that other others can learn from and expand on them. This week focuses on ways organizations are helping their communities stay safe.Safe Practices During Protests To encourage safe practices during protests, some health departments and experts have posted health recommendations on social media, such as wearing a face covering and using eye protection, using hand sanitizer, maintaining adequate social distancing from...
Posted On: June 12, 2020
Author: FEMA Office of External Affairs
Around the world, communities are using innovative approaches to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19). Each week, FEMA is highlighting these extraordinary efforts so that others can learn from and expand on them. This week focuses on unique ways communities are helping to inform and protect one another. Protect the Sacred CampaignNavajo Nation youth have launched a social media campaign called "Protect the Sacred." The campaign targets tech-savvy youth, with internet or electricity access, to spread accurate information about COVID-19 to their families and elders. Since March, the...
Posted On: June 5, 2020
Author: FEMA Office of External Affairs
Around the world, communities are using innovative approaches to support coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts. Each week, FEMA is highlighting these extraordinary efforts so that other others can learn from and expand on them. This week focuses on communities that have found new, virtual ways to get people the help they need.Smart911 Application New Orleans is using a new technology that relies on artificial intelligence and cloud computing to provide 911 and 311 call centers with enhanced location, videoand chat capabilities. Callers can volunteer personal data via app-based profiles that...
Posted On: May 29, 2020
Author: FEMA Office of External Affairs
Around the world, communities are using innovative approaches to support coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts. Each week, FEMA is highlighting these extraordinary efforts so that other others can learn from and expand on them. This week focuses on collaboration that goes the extra mile to help people stay connected, safe and informed.Stanford Pet PartnersIn collaboration with Stanford Health Care's Professional Animal Workers program, therapy dogs at Stanford Hospital, and Stanford University have moved to online video communication applications such as Zoom and Instagram to continue...
Posted On: May 26, 2020
Author: FEMA Office of External Affairs
Around the world, communities are using innovative approaches to support coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts. Each week, FEMA is highlighting these extraordinary efforts so that other others can learn from and expand on them. This week focuses on how some communities are providing contactless or virtual solutions to new everyday problems. Mobile Wi-Fi VansIn San Antonio, vans equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi networks are dispatched to various locations in the city to enhance internet capabilities for students. The mobile hotspots provide free internet within a range of 100 to 200 feet. City...
Posted On: May 15, 2020
Author: FEMA Office of External Affairs
Across the country, communities are using innovative approaches to support COVID-19 response efforts. Each week, FEMA is highlighting these extraordinary efforts so that other others can learn from and expand on them. This week focuses on communities building new communication strategies that highlight the power and importance of effective communication.Medical Supplies Facebook GroupA Facebook group called Open Source COVID-19 Medical Supplies (OSCMS) supports an international network of medical professional, engineers, writers and more in sharing ideas and information and asking for help....
Posted On: May 6, 2020
Author: FEMA Office of External Affairs
Across the country, communities are using innovative approaches to support COVID-19 response efforts. Each week, FEMA is highlighting these extraordinary efforts so that other others can learn from and expand on them. This week focuses on the everyday workers that are making personal sacrifices to help ensure that everyone receives the products and personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to stay safe.Braskem America WorkersIn an effort to ramp up production of polypropylene, a raw material used to produce PPE, 43 employees voluntarily isolated at a Pennsylvania Braskem America plant for...
Posted On: April 30, 2020
Author: FEMA Office of External Affairs
Efforts have continued across the country to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The White House Coronavirus Task Force, FEMA, and other federal partners are working to execute a whole-of-America response to fight COVID-19 and protect the public. This week, those efforts are focused on providing the guidelines, information and necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to workers on the frontline. This is part of the multi-prong approach to re-open American economic activity while continuing to limit spread of COVID-19.Over the weekend, Department of Health and Human Services...
Posted On: April 28, 2020