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30 Days 30 Ways

You probably already have your emergency kit (and if you don’t, you should!), but FEMA offers lots of resources to help us be better prepared for emergencies and disasters. With September being National Preparedness Month, they have some extra activities to encourage people to prepare.

The 30 Days 30 Ways preparedness challenge is one of those activities. The goal is to help communities to be better prepared by giving people one new preparedness task each day. This is a fun way to get you into a preparedness mindset and you can win great prizes by playing along.

Want to play? Check out the game rules and then jump in. You can play as much as you want so don’t be intimidated thinking you must commit to playing every day if you’re not able. But if you can, you’ll feel better prepared and closer to your community. Encourage your friends, neighbors and family members to play as well. You’ll be helping them to be better prepared, too.

Ready to learn more? Check out this video and then visit 30 Days 30 Ways to participate.

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Financial Capabilities Month

Are you financially prepared for a disaster? April is Financial Capabilities Month, so FEMA is teaming up with The US Treasury Department’s Financial Literacy Education Commission to teach the public about early financial preparation for emergencies and disasters.

Tomorrow afternoon, they will be holding a free webinar where financial experts will teach you strategies to be better prepared financially. To register for this webinar, just visit Ready.gov.

One interesting statistic that they mention is that less than 35% of people keep copies of their vital records in their emergency kit. Do you?

You’re sure to get lots of great tips to help you be better prepared. And hey! It’s free!

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Youth Preparedness Council

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In an effort to help youths aged 12 to 17 to be more involved in their communities by making a difference in emergency preparedness, FEMA is looking for applicants for its National Youth Preparedness Council. They have shared the following press release:

FEMA Seeks Applicants for Youth Preparedness Council


Washington – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking nominations for participants in the Agency’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC).


The Youth Preparedness Council provides an opportunity for young leaders to serve as a member of a distinguished national council; to complete a youth preparedness project of their choosing; to learn about youth disaster preparedness from the leadership at FEMA and other national organizations dedicated to youth preparedness; to voice their opinions, experiences, and share innovative ideas and solutions; and to participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit where the council meets with emergency management leadership to discuss steps to strengthen the nation’s resiliency against all types of disasters.


Participants are expected to represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and relay information within their communities. Each council member is expected to develop and complete one preparedness-related project specific to his/her region and interests. In addition to attending the Summit in the summer of 2013, council members will potentially participate in national, regional, state, tribal and local preparedness meetings and present their work. It is expected that members will meet with FEMA on a regular basis via conference call to provide ongoing input on strategies, initiatives and projects throughout the duration of their term.


Anyone between the ages of 12 and 17, who is engaged in individual and community preparedness, is encouraged to apply or be nominated to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council. An individual may apply on his/her own behalf, or can be nominated by an adult familiar with his/her youth preparedness activities. Individuals interested in applying must submit a completed application form, a narrative, and a letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation can be from any adult, including a parent, guardian, community first responder, or teacher. Applications that do not include a letter of recommendation will not be reviewed. Individuals interested in nominating a young leader to the council should complete the application form and narrative, but a letter of recommendation is not mandatorySpecific information about completing and submitting the application and attachments can be found on the application.


All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59 E.D.T. on April 19, 2013 in order to be eligible.


Council members will be selected based on vacancies and announced in May 2013. Once selected, members serve on the Council for one year, with the option to extend for an additional year, based on a formal request by FEMA.


For more information about the Youth Preparedness Council and FEMA’s work on youth preparedness, and to access the application materials, please visit www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness.


If you have any further questions, please contact Citizen Corps at (202) 786-9550 or CitizenCorps@dhs.gov .


FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.



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National Flood Safety Awareness Week

Next week, March 17 – 23, is National Flood Safety Awareness Week. You may not give flooding a lot of though, but if you get rain, you can get floods. That means you must be prepared for them.

FEMA will be offering lots of tips all week to help you get ready for the possibility of floods. I thought we’d kick things off early by showing you how devastating floods can really be.

Never drive on flooded roads. The water may not look deep, but that may be deceptive. And even just a few inches of water and carry your car into much deeper water.

And make sure you have an emergency kit for yourself and your pets.

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What Can You Do for National Severe Weather Preparedness Week?

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FEMA and NOAA have declared March 3-9 2013 to be National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Last year, severe weather resulted in over 450 deaths and 2600 injuries. Being prepared can help reduce these numbers.

What can you do?

First, know your risk. Learn what types of severe weather are possibilities where you live so you know what you need to prepare for.

Second, take action by creating a family emergency plan and having an emergency survival kit.

Finally, share what you have done with others including friends, family and coworkers. Spread the word about preparedness. It could save a life.

Are you prepared for the severe weather where you live?

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