The National Preparedness Division provide the doctrine, programs, and resources to prepare the Nation to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to, and recover from disasters while minimizing the loss of lives, infrastructure, and property.and the resources and support it provides.
What We Do
The National Preparedness Division is responsible for the coordination and development of the capabilities and tools necessary to prepare for all hazards among all levels of government, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and communities.
Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it calls for the involvement of everyone—not just the government—in preparedness efforts. By working together, everyone can keep the nation safe from harm and resilient when struck by hazards, such as natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and pandemics.
In active collaboration with our full range of partners and stakeholders in the private sector, the non-governmental & volunteer sector, and all levels of the public sector (states, territories, tribes, counties, municipalities):
- To build a culture of individual and community preparedness;
- To integrate existing partner & stakeholder emergency management plans to facilitate comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional Regional planning;
- To assess current Regional risks and capabilities to prioritize any consequent capability shortfalls; and
- To align priorities within the Region to effectively steward grant programs, trust building and test additional prioritized capabilities.
Individual and Community Preparedness Activities
America’s PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through group discussions, drills, and exercises. The goal of this campaign is to increase the number of individuals who:
Understand which disasters could happen in their community
Know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage
Take action to increase their preparedness
Participate in community resilience planning
A key element to successfully responding to and recovering from a major disaster is the overall preparedness of individual citizens and their families. With that in mind, FEMA invites you to participate in a series of ‘What would you do?’ scenarios with your loved ones in order to assess your level of preparedness.
Additional information about America’s PrepareAthon is available on https://www.Ready.gov/Prepare
Region II Youth Preparedness Council
FEMA's Region II Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) was created to bring young people together to support disaster preparedness and make a difference in their communities by completing disaster preparedness projects on a local level. Interested individuals ages 14-17 who want to make a difference in their community, who have engaged in individual or community preparedness or may have lived through a disaster and want to share their experiences should apply.
Access the YPC Application Form here.
If you have any questions please email: FEMA-R2-YPC@fema.dhs.gov
Individual and Community Preparedness Webinars
The following provides access to previously recorded webinars that focus on topics impacting individual and community preparedness. These sesions are a collaborative effort between FEMA Region II Preparedness and the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division.
Join this deep-dive session to learn strategies on how to address psychological stress in yourself, coworkers, or general public during the course of your emergency response.
Learn about the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) Suspicious Activity Reporting System (NJSARS) and how they define suspicious activity, show how law enforcement and the public can identify suspicious behavior and discuss the best way to report that information. Participants will also learn about the indicators used to classify leads, how information is routed through NJSARS and more. David Kanig, NJOHSP, is the featured speaker.
Listen to local and national speakers from Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) teams. MRC is a national network of volunteers including medical and public health professionals, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities in blue skies and disasters. Betty Duggan of the New York City MRC will discuss community efforts around pandemics like the flu and Kristen Lepore of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services will show how municipalities utilize their MRCs and talk about future goals of the program.
Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure everyone has the resources needed to engage in online activity in a safe and secure environment. Learn about personal accountability and the importance of being proactive in enhancing cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. Focus areas include: citizen privacy, consumer devices, and ecommerce security. This webinar features Region II Cyber Security Advisor Rich Richards.
National Preparedness Month is held every September to promote the way families and communities engage in disaster and emergency planning. One of this year's themes was “Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters.” This webinar includes discussion on how Youth Preparedness Councils (YPCs) can have an impact on improving community resilience and how new emergency and disaster readiness tools and programs geared toward kids are now available online.
The webinar featured FEMA Youth Preparedness Lead Tyler Krska, FEMA National Advisor on Children and Disasters Lauralee Koziol and Region II National YPC member Katerina Corr.
Learn about the role non-traditional facilities like libraries and senior centers play in emergencies. Public facilities of this type can be powerful resources during disasters and emergencies.
Topics discusssed in this webinar include how New Jersey integrated their library system into the state emergency disaster plan and how New York City leveraged its public facilities to develop a cooling center network. Speakers include representatives from the New Jersey State Library, New York City Emergency Management and the Bureau of Emergency Preparedness at the New York City Department for the Aging.
This webinar featured Chief Joseph Meyers, head of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Explosives Unit. The presentation covered how the FDNY and partners oversee safety and logistics on large public firework events like the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® through emergency planning and cross-governmental collaboration.
This webinar featured Carolyn Kousky, PhD, Wharton Risk Center, Tony Hake, Director of Risk Insurance Division, FEMA, and Brian Kempf, Secretary and Legislative Committee Chair of the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management.
The presentation covered the important role of flood insurance in families and communities recovering from disasters, the consequences of not being insured for homeowners and businesses, the outlook of private flood insurance, upcoming changes to the National Flood Insurance Program risk and rating policies, and finally, the FEMA Community Rating System and how this makes communities safer while providing discounts to NFIP flood policyholders.
Due to technical issues, this recording does not have sound. Closed captioning is included on the recording and the full transcript is available for download.
FEMA Region II Hurricane Program Manager Chris Moore leads the conversation on topics such as tropical cyclone climatology, hurricane hazards and information sources to help individuals and communities prepare for the 2019 hurricane season.
Flu causes outbreaks every year (“seasonal” flu) and pandemics (global epidemics) a few times a century. Despite all of our experience and scientific knowledge and developments with the virus, the flu remains unpredictable and preparing for it is challenging.
This webinar features speaker Dr. Stephen Morse, Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Chair of the Columbia University Institutional Biosafety Committee.
This webinar discusses the typical roadblocks to saving money, how to deal with them, techniques to improve your savings practices, reduce debt, and the importance of investing. Note:This training not provide specific financial or investment advice.
The Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services delivered a presentation on its requirements and waivers for healthcare facilities during an emergency. The material was presented at a Ready Seniors workshop in Rochester, New York.
Learn how to make a difference in your community by joining a local emergency response organization. This webinar offers ways to get involved and highlights best practices from many organizations.
It also provides an overview of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), a global, non-profit organization consisting of 7,000+ members from the banking, securities, and insurance industries. This segment also demonstrates how participants can engage with the FS-ISAC network to support crisis planning and response and recovery activities within their own organizations.
Discussion on whole community emergency management, inclusive of individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. This session helps to provide the guidance, tools, methods and strategies needed to establish equal physical, communications, and program access.
Lawrence O'Reilly, Director, Region II National Preparedness Division