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Region III: External Affairs

Mission

Region III External Affairs coordinates and manages internal communications for the Region III office and external communications to the public, Congressional members, offices, and staff, the press, local, state, and tribal officials, the private sector, other federal agencies, and other stakeholders. External Affairs supports Region III divisions in the communication of policies and programs to ensure that activities are responsive to stakeholders’ needs and FEMA’s mission is communicated effectively. Major activities of External Affairs include supporting disaster response and recovery, coordination of private sector engagement, promoting National Preparedness Month and Prepareathon, and organizing the Regional Advisory Council.

Components

The following represent the major components of Region III External Affairs:

Congressional Affairs

The role of Congressional Affairs is to expeditiously provide information to Congressional members, offices, and staff in Region III. This can include collaboration on constituent casework; sharing updates on grants and FEMA funding; providing disaster declaration notifications and updates; and working with staff on any topics of interest to the office or member. Any Congressional office related correspondence may be sent via email to FEMA-R3-CongQ@fema.dhs.gov.

Public Affairs

The role of public affairs is to communicate and directly coordinate with traditional and social media players to answer questions, provide information and notifications, and message FEMA’s priorities. In doing so, FEMA Region III Public Affairs manages FEMA Region III’s Twitter handle (@FEMAregion3) and is responsible for coordinating directly with members of the media and press corps. Public Affairs also engages directly with other federal agencies (OFAs) and state public information officers.

Any questions should be directed to the Region III News Desk at (215) 931-5597 or FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov. For other regional or Headquarters’ news desk contact information, please visit https://www.fema.gov/media-contacts.

Private Sector

The role of FEMA Region III’s Private Sector Liaison is to engage directly with the private sector and build collaboration between public and private sector organizations. One significant aspect of this engagement is the Regional Business Emergency Operations Center (RBEOC). The RBEOC creates a platform for FEMA to engage directly with the private sector during disaster response and recovery. Formally adopted in 2015, the RBEOC empowers coordination, communication, and engagement between the public and private sectors throughout the disaster life cycle. Please visit the hyperlink above for more information, including requesting membership in the RBEOC.

A panoramic shot of a Command and General Staff meeting during the Region III May Exercise. Representatives of the private sector participated and were able to see how FEMA's response operations are conducted from the regional office.
<p>As part of it's regional exercise, FEMA Region III invited members of the private sector to participate in the exercise, including participation in the Command and General staff meeting. This panoramic shot shows public and private sector participants listening in for updates and providing input to the exercise.</p> Download Original

Intergovernmental / Tribal Affairs

Intergovernmental (IGA) and Tribal Affairs works with local and tribal officials to communicate FEMA’s programs, share preparedness information, and build relationships. Region III is home to many thousands of communities spread across 3 states, 2 Commonwealths, and the District of Columbia. The goal of IGA / Tribal Affairs is to outreach to these communities.

Individual and Community Preparedness

Individual and Community Preparedness (ICPD) takes the Ready Campaign and Prepareathon and promotes these at a regional level. Whether it is sporting events, community outreach, or even state preparedness agencies and representatives (such as Citizen Corps), Region III’s ICPD works with every External Affairs component, regional division, state, and Headquarters to improve our outreach and promote preparedness for future incidents.

Regional Advisory Council

Region III External Affairs coordinates the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) in direct engagement with the Office of the Regional Administrator. For additional information on the RAC and membership, please contact us.

Products

Podcasts

FEMA Region III Podcasts
Financial Preparedness
 

Videos

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Infographics

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Flooding Can Happen Any Time of Year, Are You Prepared?
 “Are you prepared?” At the bottom of the image, text reads: “For more information on flood safety visit Ready.gov/floods.”
<p>Flooding is a year-round hazard. Learn more and get prepared at <a href="http://www.ready.gov/floods">www.ready.gov/floods</a>.</p> Download Original
You're Ready for Winter - is Your Car?
 “You’re ready for winter- is your car?” The sub-headline to the left of the wheel reads: “Consider adding these to your car:” with a checklist below. Next to green checkmarks, the list reads: “Flashlight; Blanket; Shovel; Cat litter; Flares.” At the bottom of the image text reads: “Learn more at www.Ready.gov.”
<p>Prepare for winter weather by creating an emergency kit for your vehicle and visiting <a href="http://www.Ready.gov">www.Ready.gov</a> for more tips.</p> Download Original
Don't Crowd the Plow!
 “Learn more winter safety tips at www.Ready.gov/winter.”
<p>When plows are out removing snow on the roads, be sure to give them plenty of space and do not try to pass! Learn more about winter weather safety at <a href="http://www.Ready.gov/winter">www.Ready.gov/winter</a>.</p> Download Original
Pet Preparedness
This infographic includes helpful information to help you prepare yourself and your pets for emergencies, including tips for planning ahead and building a pet preparedness kit.
<p>A significan't number of families have pets and they're part of the family. They need to be ready for a disaster too. Find more information at ready.gov/pets</p> Download Original
Make Your Business Resilient
Info-graphic gives tips to make your business resilient. ready.gov/business.
<p>Roughly 40 to 60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster. But you can. Learn more about protecting your business at <a href="https://www.ready.gov/business">ready.gov/business.</a></p> Download Original
Is Your Disaster Kit Stocked?
Graphic of food in a refrigerator to give you tips on how to be ready if the power goes out. Learn more about emergency kits at ready.gov/build-a-kit
<p>Food in your fridge stays good for approximately four hours without power. Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to 8.5 million customers for seven days. What is your disaster preparedness plan? Learn more about emergency kits at <a href="https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit">ready.gov/build-a-kit.</a></p> Download Original
Protect Against A Flood
Info-graphic gives tips on how to protect personal property during floods. ready.gov/floods.
<p>If you live in a flood prone area, taking proactive measures are a must in order to protect your house and your valuables. For more information on protecting your home, visit <a href="https://www.ready.gov/floods">ready.gov/floods.</a></p> Download Original

Toolkits

Region III Toolkits

 TitleSizePublication Date
Icon for file of type application/pdf2018 Sustainability Toolkit
0.18M 
December 15, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdf2018 Flood Safety Toolkit0.95MFebruary 13, 2018

Additional Information

For additional information on the role of External Affairs in disaster response and recovery, please see the Emergency Support Function (ESF) 15 Standard Operating Procedure.

ESF 15 Document table

 TitleSizePublication Date
Icon for file of type application/pdfEmergency Support Function 15: Standard Operating Procedure2.09MJuly 27, 2016

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or ideas!

Last Updated: 
05/21/2018 - 09:27