Employee Events (April 7, 2014)

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Active Shooter Training

Tuesday April 8, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Voice of America/Wilbur J. Cohen Auditorium
330 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20202

The active shooter training is designed and oriented around protecting employees and their assets, preventing work place violence, and discuss what to do during an active shooter.  You will also learn the difference between shelter in place for a weather emergency and a shelter in place for an active shooter/work violence scenario and what to expect once Law Enforcement arrives.

The training is recommended for all FEMA employees and contractor personnel who require an understanding of an active shooter/work place violence scenario as it relates primarily to FEMA facilities or site protection and the assets contained within a facility or specified area.

Directions: Take a left to cross 4th St at the McDonalds on the corner of C St. and 4th St. Take a right on Independence Ave. to the Cohen Building. Attendees will need their FEMA badge to pass through security and enter the building. Please allow extra time to pass through security.

FEMA Speakers Series – 35th Anniversary, The Evolution of Emergency Management

A FEMA 35th Anniversary Speaker’s Event is being offered to help educate FEMA employees on the history of FEMA and gain a better understanding of how emergency management operations have evolved to become the mission we support today. Selected panelists will speak on the past, present and future of emergency management.  This forum is part of the monthly speaker’s series and is open to all FEMA employees and will include a question and answer session. 

DATE:                   Thursday April 10, 2014 

TIME:                    2:30 – 3:30

LOCATION:         500 C St., M01, Washington, DC

  • 500 C St. M01
  • FEMA Channel 13 (NCR Employees)
  • VTC available to all FEMA locations
  • Conference bridge: 1-800-320-4330,  Pin #161160
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FEMA 35th Anniversary Program Office Open House celebrations - 11:30 - 1:30 ET

OCCHCO Open House on 35th Anniversary        

On April 10th from 11:30am to 12:30pm OCCHCO will be hosting an Open House celebration for any FEMA employees to attend.  The open house will be hosted in the new training room on the 7th floor at FEMA Headquarters – room 7SW-1506.

Employees that stop by for the celebration will be able to meet some of FEMA’s HR professionals, get additional information on Human Capital programs & resources, and enjoy light refreshments. 

Stress and Sleep Webinar for Employees

A “Live” Webinar for Employees is being offered during National Stress Awareness Month so employees can learn how stress and sleep can have an impact on their emotional well-being.  Register today for a live webinar on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 1pm – 2pm (Central Time), which will focus on: The importance of finding balance and ways you can manage stress in order to get a better nights rest.  

Invite co-workers to join you and because space is limited you are encouraged to register today by clicking here.

For a complete list of live webinars that all of the family can watch, as well as webinar recordings and podcasts, visit www.FOH4You.com.  Go to Tools, On Demand Learning.

FEMA provides pre-paid EAP services, 24 hours for all employees and their resident family members.  Please call 1-800-222-0364 to take advantage of your free benefits.

National Volunteer Week is April 6-13, 2014

National Volunteer Week Banner

National Volunteer Week, April 6-13, 2014, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions. To locate volunteer opportunities in your community, visit www.serve.gov.

Here are a few volunteer opportunities:

Habitat for Humanity – Join the Sandy Restoration Project – May 18-24, 2014

Habitat for Humanity Logo

Ken Sullivan (NPPD/NICC) is putting together a collaborative project between DHS, the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity to help those in need who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Consider joining the DHS Team to lend a hand!  Who:  Volunteers willing to help people of New Jersey  

What:  Help with restoration projects for a week in New Jersey 

When:  May 18-24, 2014

Where:  Coastal New Jersey, volunteers will stay in accommodations in New Jersey (details to follow) 

Why:  To help others in need recovering from Hurricane Sandy 

This should be an experience of a lifetime! (Don’t forget that in accordance with DHS Directive 254-01, volunteers will be eligible to use up to 40 hours of administrative leave for mission-related volunteer activities). 

Update:  This event is full; however we’re still accepting names for a waitlist in the event of cancellations.

DC Central Kitchen - Friday, May 23, 2014, 2013 (5:00pm - 8:00pm)

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Meal preparation is their most popular volunteer opportunity. Help DC Central Kitchen's staff prepare over 5,000 meals each day by cutting, chopping and peeling thousands of pounds of food.  Dress code:  Due to health regulations, volunteers who do not follow this dress code will not be allowed to work in the Kitchen. Volunteers must wear:  Long pants (no pajama pants and no spandex pants please), Closed-toed shoes (no sandals), Tank-tops are not allowed, No exposed midriff.  If you are interesting in joining us, send an e-mail to Terrence.Hill@dhs.gov.  There are 20 slots available.

Coming in June:  Habitat for Humanity – New Orleans.  Help to rebuild in New Orleans.  Details to follow.

Save the Date: Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2014

Date:               Thursday April 24, 2014
Time:               8:30am- 2:00pm
Location:         500 C Street
Audience:        All FEMA Employees in the NCR
Questions:       FEMA-HC-WorkLifePrograms@fema.dhs.gov
Registration:    Bring Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

On April 24, 2014 FEMA will join agencies around the globe to celebrate the 22nd annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. For over 21 years, individuals, families, organizations, and workplaces have joined in the Day to expand opportunities and transform the lives of girls and boys both nationally and internationally. This year’s Theme is “Plant a Seed- Grow a Future.”

The event is more than a show and tell day, this event is designed to expose girls and boys to the importance of what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day, by showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, and providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future.

This year’s agenda includes: VTC with the FEMA Administrator, Craig Fugate; exhibits by MERS and Urban Search and Rescue; finger prints and badging; and much more.  This event will be held at 500 C Street, Washington, DC. We hope to see you there!

FEMA employees in the National Capital Region, who are interested in participating in the Washington, DC event, are encouraged to register using the link below:

Bring Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

If you have trouble accessing the registration form please email FEMA-HC-WorkLifePrograms@fema.dhs.gov.

DHS Annual Kids Day event

The Department’s Second Annual Kids Day event will be held on Thursday, April 24th, at the Nebraska Avenue Complex.  The event is designed to introduce children of employees, ages 7-12, to the missions of DHS, and will begin at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium with comments from Deputy Secretary Mayorkas.  Operational and Headquarters Components will provide fun and engaging exhibits tailored to the age group. 
For more information, and to register your child, visit the DHS Kids Day page on Connect.  Admission is limited to the first 400 registered children from the Washington, DC area, along wi

th their parent or guardian (travel reimbursement is not authorized for this event).  Please keep in mind that this event fills quickly.  We will provide additional details to those who register.

We look forward to you and your children participating in this educational and fun event.  For additional information, please contact Lisa DiCamillo at (202) 282-9487 or by email at lisa.dicamillo@hq.dhs.gov.  

PrepareAthon! National Day of Action. April 30, 2014

This past September Administrator Fugate announced the kickoff of a new, nationwide, action-based preparedness campaign – America’s PrepareAthon!  

Building on the success of preparedness efforts like the The Ready Campaign, the goal of America’s PrepareAthon! is to build a more secure and resilient nation by getting more Americans to understand what disasters could happen in their communities and what to do to be safe and prepared. The campaign is focused on getting participants to take action to increase their preparedness and participate in community resilience planning.

Tell your friends and family about this new and exciting campaign and join them by logging on to www.ready.gov/prepare to register for the first America’s PrepareAthon!  This website is designed to make preparing for disasters quick and easy and is fun to use.

On Monday, April 7 Administrator Fugate, the Weather Channel, AARP, and local leaders from around the country took part in a Google+ hangout to discuss America’s PrepareAthon!  We’ll provide a link to the video in next week’s edition of the Weekly.

You can also learn more about America’s PrepareAthon! by following us on Twitter using the @PrepareAthon handle.  For more information contact PrepareAthon@fema.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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