Review Your Emergency Supplies: Keep supplies on hand at locations where you spend the most time like your home, vehicle, and job. These supplies can include an alternate source for charging your phone, flashlight, blankets, food, medications, and more.
Weatherize Your Home: Ensure your home is winter ready and take the time to insulate your pipes, caulk areas where cold air might enter your home, and weather strip your doors and windows.
Winterize Your Car: Have a mechanic look at your vehicle to check your tire tread and traction as well as to ensure that your tires are inflated properly. Also, have your battery, anti-freeze, and cooling system checked. Don’t forget to replace worn windshield wipers.
Before Hsin Ya “Jessie” Huang became a member of FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC), she didn’t know much about Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs). Mainly, she knew the program’s main goals to educate volunteers about the hazards their communities may face and to train them to respond safely, but not much else. As President of her school’s Red Cross Club, she was constantly on the lookout for more ways to get her fellow students thinking about disaster preparedness. “I feel like preparedness is really important because, as a teenager myself, if there is a disaster in my community, I want to be able to respond. The more people [are] prepared,” she says, “the better.”
However, she couldn’t find much information about CERT in her area. Read more...
2018 National Household Survey Findings
Join FEMA Wednesday, December 11 at 3:00 PM EST to learn about the findings from the 2018 National Household Survey (NHS). This webinar will discuss the survey and provide a brief summary of findings, focusing on hazard-specific findings.
Join FEMA for this webinar that will cover how the New York City Medical Reserve Corps responds to and prepares the community for pandemics like the flu. Then, learn how other municipalities will share how they use their Medical Reserve Corps in blue sky missions. The webinar will be held Tuesday, December 10 at 12:00 PM EST.
Join FEMA Tuesday, December 10 at 4:00 PM EST to learn more about the release of the updated CERT Basic Curriculum. FEMA will share the reasons for the changes, highlight best practices, and share impacts of the updated training. Participants will learn how trainers can deliver the updated training and when to order materials.
Human trafficking is a hidden crime, and it can happen in any community. Join FEMA January 21 for a webinar featuring a subject matter expert from the Homeland Security Investigations Component of the Department of Homeland Security. This department is tasked with investigating and dismantling human trafficking efforts throughout the country.
New year, new resolution! In 2020, why not add a preparedness plan to your resolution list? FEMA asked the public about preparedness actions in the 2018 National Household Survey (NHS). Of the six actions listed below, nearly all respondents (94%) took at least one, but only 56% took three or more actions.
Basic preparedness actions included in the survey were:
Attending a preparedness meeting or training
Talking to others about preparedness
Developing an emergency plan
Taking part in a drill
Stocking supplies to last 3+ days
Stocking supplies to last at least three days was the most common preparedness action, with about 81% of people doing so. Consider picking up a few extra items at the store to make sure your household is prepared in 2020!
See what other questions FEMA asked and results of the 2018 NHS here.
These students have proven themselves to be leaders in their schools and communities, innovators, and champions of disaster preparedness. Throughout their time on the YPC, they also complete emergency preparedness projects and give input to preparedness strategies, initiatives, and projects. This past year, members completed projects about financial preparedness, citizen responder programs, and youth preparedness education.
The application for the 2020-2022 YPC will be available in January. Read more...
Check Out the Articles Below to Learn More About What YPC Members Have Accomplished
YPC Member Deploys to California for the Camp Fire
Written by Grace Harris
About a year ago, I was looking forward to taking my first class with the Sacramento Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Today, I am a member of FEMA’s National Youth Preparedness Council from FEMA Region IX. I am also the Assistant Public Information Officer and Media Facilitator for Sacramento CERT. Sacramento CERT can deploy me anywhere in the state of California for up to two weeks at a time. That’s exactly what happened when, on November 10, I received deployment orders. Read more…
YPC Alumna Coordinates Service Learning Summit
In January 2019, students, teachers, and organizations in Guam gathered for the 2019 Service Learning and Youth and Community Preparedness Summit. The summit was hosted by the Guam Department of Education (DOE) and the Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense (GHS-OCD) Guam Youth Preparedness Program (GYPP). Kiahna Espia has been involved since the beginning. Read more…
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...to Save!
We’re told it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Parties, time off from work and school, and spending time with loved ones. However, don’t let the rush of holidays take away from your financial preparedness efforts! Read more...
Mother Earth is our collective home--We have launched Esparanza to be a resource and to help ttransform the conversation about our World--We hereby present the following on resources to be prepared in the case of emergencies.
Oh say can you sea: While the dam was breaking on impeachment, some other alarming news emerged from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC). The big picture: Sea levels are rising twice as fast as they did in the 20th century, and by 2100, seas could be two feet higher even if greenhouse gas emissions are reduced—maybe more if the world fails to do anything.
Here’s what that means for cities: By 2050, extreme storms that typically happen once every 100 years could hit the world’s coastal cities at least once per year, according to the report. That would put more than 1 billion people in low-lying areas at risk worldwide. In some islands and coastal cities, local sea levels are already rising to those once-a-century levels more frequently, and even in the best case scenario those trends could reach U.S. cities on the East and West coasts as early as 2035. CityLab’s Linda Poon has the details from the IPCC’s latest report: The Storm of the Century Could S…
Please reflect the following: Study Links Climate Change to Wildfires This research, published in the journal Earth's Future, uses a data set of almost 40,000 wildfires in California from the past 50 years to establish a clear link between climate change, aridity, and the increasing number of forest fires in the summer in California. The authors found the link between climate change and fall wildfires weaker than in summer, but likely to strengthen from continued warming and delayed onset of winter precipitation. Learn more >