Ready Tips: Earthquakes Can Happen Any Time – Prepare Now
This year marks the ninth anniversary of the 2011 East Coast earthquake. While earthquakes may be more common in some areas, they can happen anywhere and are unpredictable.
Reduce the chance of injury or loss of life during an earthquake by taking steps ahead of time to protect yourself and others. For example, consider taking FEMA’s free training, You Are the Help Until Help Arrives. This training shares five simple steps that you can take in the event of an emergency, such as an earthquake, that may save a life.
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) play a vital role assisting local authorities during response and recovery activities. Because of the required cross-training, CERTs can fill gaps or act as additional resources by learning about topics such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Additional training is also available to CERT members, ranging from Tools for Leadership Success to Animal Response (Module 1, Module 2). These trainings have given CERT members other opportunities to help their communities.
In fact, CERT Animal Response Teams have played important roles in recent wildfires. Read more…
Webinar—Protecting our Communities: Signs of Terrorism, What to Look For, and How to Help Law Enforcement
Join FEMA Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET to learn about the signs of terrorism and related suspicious activity that law enforcement agencies look for to keep Americans safe. The state of New Jersey has undertaken homeland security initiatives that bring law enforcement, first responders, and other private and public partners together to inform communities across the state on threats and hazards. This event features David Kanig from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.
Are CERT Trainers required to be Paramedics, EMTs or Nurses?
No, this is a recommendation only. Program Sponsoring Organizations are responsible for ensuring that all instructors are adequately trained and have appropriate experience to deliver CERT training. Qualified trainers may come from many possible backgrounds and have different relevant skillsets. Read more…
Earthquake Preparedness by the Numbers
Earthquakes are more widespread around the country than most people think! Did you know that people living in some parts of the Midwest and the South can be just as vulnerable as those living in California and Alaska? According to the data from FEMA’s 2019 National Household Survey (NHS), those living in the Midwest and South tend to be less prepared than those who live in areas more often associated with earthquake risk.
The 2019 NHS also showed that just two out of ten people know that Drop, Cover, and Hold On are the proper actions to take during an earthquake.
You can learn more by reading the 2019 NHS summary and by visiting OpenFEMA. Then, on February 25th from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET, join FEMA for a webinar to dive deeper into the NHS
findings about earthquakes. Register for this webinar here.
ICYMI: Webinars—2019 National Household Survey Findings
In case you missed them, the two-part webinar series on the findings from the 2019 National Household Survey (NHS) were recorded and posted online:
Young people today are faced with many challenges that previous generations did not encounter. However, many of them are rising to the occasion, leading their peers and their communities. Each year, FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) brings 20 of these young leaders together to learn how to plan and implement preparedness projects in their communities. The application period to serve on the YPC is open until March 8. If you know any young leaders who are interested in helping their communities prepare for disasters, encourage them to apply and read below to learn more about the YPC. Read more…
Did you know that according to the 2019 FEMA National Household Survey, almost a third of Americans did not set aside money for unexpected emergencies? What better way to start the new year than with a savings mindset? America Saves, a campaign managed by the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America, motivates, encourages, and supports low- to moderate-income households to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth.
Since 2007, America Saves Week has been an annual celebration as well as a call to action for Americans to commit to saving successfully. This year, America Saves Week is from February 24 – 29, 2020. Read more…
Webinar—Free Tax Preparation with the IRS
Join FEMA on Wednesday, February 12 at noon ET to learn about programs that provide underserved communities with free tax filing assistance. As FEMA works to advance its goal to help more Americans be financially prepared, programs like the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) can make a difference. This event will feature Amelia Dalton from the Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communications unit of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
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 >