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Region II: National Preparedness

This page features information about the National Preparedness Division and the resources and support it provides.

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To 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.

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.

Download ICP activities now and learn how to discuss steps to improve your safety in the event such a tragedy occurs. Material is also available in Spanish (Español).

Additional information about America’s PrepareAthon is available on

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 12-17 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:

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. 

Libraries and Non-Traditional Facilities in Emergencies


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.

Date: August 27, 2019


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Enjoying the Rocket’s Red Glare: Firework Safety for Large Public Events


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.

Date: July 11, 2019


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Flood Insurance – It's Importance, Upcoming Changes and More


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.

Date: June 25, 2019


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Prepare for the 2019 Hurricane Season


Description: 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.


Date: May 15, 2019


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Webinar: 2-1-1: The Community Resource Hub Before, During and After Disasters

Description: Learn about how 2-1-1 can be a community resource to support every day needs and times of crisis. Kelly Dodd, director of Western New York’s 2-1-1 and Melissa Acree, executive director, New Jersey 2-1-1 Partnership presented on how the service connects community members to resources and how it operates during the response and recovery phases of a disaster. Participants learned how to better connect with 2-1-1 before an event and how it can make their communities more resilient. 
Date: April 24, 2019

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Emergencies: Psychological Aspects in the Preparation and Response Phase
Description: Learn about the importance of psychological preparedness for emergencies and some of the internal factors that influence people to prepare.  This webinar features Ingrid Perez, Planning Specialist in the Capacity Building Sector’s Continuity of Operations Unit at the FEMA Caribbean Area Division. 
This presentation primarily focuses on why some individuals are more proactive than others when preparing for emergencies and also provides general recommendations to support psychological preparedness.
Date: March 20, 2019


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The Flu: What to do?

Description: Flu causes outbreaks every year (“seasonal” flu) and pandemics (global epidemics) a few times a centuryDespite 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.

Date: February 20, 2019


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Planning Your Financial Future

Description: 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.


Date: December 13, 2018


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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Description: 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.


Date: December 6, 2018


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Vehicular Active Assailant Attacks

Description: The number of vehicular attacks have increased over the past few years. As attacks of this type can be easily executed it is becoming more challenging for law enforcement and emergency management officials to identify early on. This webinar features speaker Steven Crimando, Director of Training for the Disaster & Terrorism Branch, New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services.


Date: October 23, 2018


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Join a Neighborhood Emergency Response Organization

Description: 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.


Date: September 18, 2018

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Pets: Providing Comfort, Sheltering, and Preparedness

Description: This webinar offers resources to help pet owners prepare their animals for a disaster. Learn about advances in pet housing at evacuation shelters, how therapy dogs can help meet the needs of disaster survivors, and more.


Date: August 15, 2018

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Ensuring Emergency Preparedness Planning is Inclusive: Serving Individuals with Disabilities and Access and Functional Needs

Description: This webinar focuses disaster response as it relates to people with access and functional needs.  Learn more about disability awareness training, aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act, specific to emergency management, and ensuring an inclusive approach to community preparedness.


Date: April 9, 2018

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Learn How to Strengthen Your Organization’s Cyber Security

Description: This webinar provides an overview of incident response resources, hands-on technical assistance, and information sharing resources that are available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C3) Voluntary Program.


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.


Date: March 28, 2018

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Sharing Inclusive Practices and Approaches to Prepare Communities for Disasters: Core Advisory Group Webinar

Description: Core Advisory Groups consist of individuals with access and/or functional needs, local emergency managers, other stakeholders, and FEMA staff whose goal is to provide innovative changes to how emergency services are provided in the whole community. Discussion consists of best practices, lessons learned, and potential challenges involved in helping individuals with access and/or functional needs during the response and recovery phases of a disaster.

Date: Feb. 28, 2018

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Inclusive Preparedness

Description:  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.


Date: Nov. 29, 2017

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Contact Information


Lawrence O'Reilly, Director, Region II National Response Division



Last Updated: 
09/10/2019 - 12:32