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...
FEMA Advisory Act Quickly to Prepare for Hurricane Ida Hurricane Ida is forecast to make landfall along the U.S. northern Gulf coast as a dangerous major hurricane on Sunday. Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin late Saturday night or early Saturday morning. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting an increasing risk of life-threating storm surge along the Gulf Coast. Additionally, there is an increasing risk of dangerous hurricane force winds and extreme rainfall. A few tornadoes will be possible Sunday through early Monday across southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi. Yesterday, President Joseph R. Biden approved Louisiana’s request for an emergency declaration. This declaration authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts by identifying, mobilizing, and providing equipment and resources necessary to alleviate hardship and suffering of the local population. Additionally, it authorizes FEMA to provide appropriate assistance for required emergenc
As COVID-19 rages on World-Wide based on the latest from Johns Hopkins and the World Health Organization , our team decided to release this Virtual Public Service Annoucement on all our platforms courtesy the CDC as we join in asking all to #WearAMaskToSaveALife.