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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. 

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: 
09/19/2018 - 12:23