This Citizen Corps News Digest is provided by FEMA's Individual & Community Preparedness Division to highlight community preparedness and resilience resources and activities recently announced by federal agencies and Citizen Corps partners.

DHS -FEMA Updates


***Webinar Announcement***

Meeting the Needs of Latino Communities in Emergency Management

Tuesday, March 26

3:00 p.m. EDT

Join FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) for a free webinar on engaging Latino communities in disaster preparedness. This year's event, a follow-on to the March 2012 webinar on national-level programs, is designed to focus on local programs available to emergency management personnel.

The webinar will provide information on how to build inclusive emergency programs and foster an ongoing dialogue, interest and participation in disaster preparedness. It will also feature personnel from government and non-profit organizations regarding their successful efforts to include Latino communities in local emergency preparedness efforts.

Please register if this is your first time joining the Community Preparedness Webinar Series.

Simply log in if you have already registered for this webinar, have registered for a previous webinar or if you're a user.


Sign up for CERT Training Courses in April

Interested in becoming a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program manager and basic training instructor? The Emergency Management Institute has rescheduled two training opportunities from November 2012 to April 2013. To participate, you must sign up for both training courses:

Applicants must supply a referral from a CERT-sponsoring agency (typically a local, regional, tribal or state government agency) and submit a FEMA Form 119-25-1 , General Admissions Application with student signature and signature of supervisor or sponsoring agency official.

Submit the application through the State Emergency Management Training office which will mail, scan or fax it to:

NETC Admissions Office (Room I-216)

National Emergency Training Center

16825 South Seton Avenue

Emmitsburg, MD 21737-8998

Phone: (301) 447-1035

Fax: (301) 447-1658



Organize a Readiness Exercise in Your Community

The HandsOn Network and Points of Light have developed an easy way to engage community and volunteer leaders in disaster preparedness through a nationwide virtual exercise series. The Resilient Response Exercise series provides an opportunity for neighborhood and community leaders to bring residents together and work through preparedness actions and response activities associated with various natural disasters. This exercise series offers the following opportunities to engage in 2013:

  • Flood Exercise: Thursday March 21, 2013.
  • Hurricane Exercise: Thursday May 23, 2013.
  • Volunteer Management In Times of Disaster Exercise: Thursday August 22, 2013.
  • Pandemic Exercise: Thursday September 12, 2013.

Organize your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to lead a simulated virtual exercise to help increase your communities' preparedness for the next natural disaster. Exercises are free and open to the public, so be sure to register today .


New Youth Disaster Preparedness and Recover Resources

Disasters are often unpredictable and can happen at any time and to anyone – including children. Ensuring youth and their families know what to do in an emergency and that the unique needs and assets of youth are included in disaster preparedness, prevention, response and recovery efforts is critical.

Encourage youths and families in your community to prepare for disasters with new resources available on The website includes a wide range of tools, guides, articles and more for schools, families and community organizations. Visit today for more information.


Coming Soon! A New Way to View Flood Risk in Your Community

Access your community's preliminary flood hazard data in one centralized and easily accessible location. Preliminary data provide an early look at your home or community's risk to flood hazards. The Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to make this data available on the Map Service Center (MSC) soon.

By making this data available on the MSC, nation-wide preliminary data will be in a one easily accessible place along with FEMA's other flood mapping products and tools. Citizens can now access both preliminary and effective flood hazard data on the same site through the MSC's quick and easy search functions.

Know your flood risk and visit for more information.


Emergency Management Plans: Your Input Matters

As part of the President's plan to reduce gun violence , the Departments of Homeland Security, Education, Health and Human Services and Justice will create model emergency management plans for schools, institutions of higher education and houses of worship. These agencies are seeking input on what to include in these plans and how students and staff can best be trained to follow them. Your ideas will help these agencies understand what works best in your community—and how others could learn from your success.

The website will be open for comments until March 18 . Make sure you are heard by sharing your ideas today.


Dates for Your Calendar!

Apply by March 15 for the John D. Solomon Fellowship Program

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Apply by March 15 for the John D. Solomon Fellowship Program

Interested in launching a career in emergency management? Consider applying for the 2013-2014 John D. Solomon Fellowship Program.

The John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service is the first student fellowship in New York City government devoted specifically to emergency management. This program provides the opportunity for up to seven graduate students in New York City-area universities to have a nine-month paid fellowship (approximately 20 hours per week) in an agency of New York City government charged with helping the city prepare for all types of emergencies. Each fellow will receive a $4,000 stipend, will be assigned an agency mentor and will participate in special programs with other fellows.

Participating New York City government agencies in 2013-2014 will be:

  • Office of Emergency Management
  • Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • Department of Aging
  • Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
  • NYC Digital
  • NYC Service
  • Department of Youth and Community Development

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 15, 2013 .

For more information, visit

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