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 Reminder***

Meeting the Needs of Latino Communities in Emergency Management

Tuesday, March 26

3:00 p.m. EDT

Next week, on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT, FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) and the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships will co-host a free webinar entitled, “Meeting the Needs of Latino Communities in Emergency Management.”

This webinar picks up where our webinar from last year left off and highlights best practice programs and tools to engage Latino communities on a local level in the area of disaster preparedness. We will hear directly from prominent community and faith-based leaders regarding their experiences of successful engagement with emergency management.

If you are a public official or emergency preparedness professional with Latino communities in your local area, or are a leader of a Latino-focused organization or business, we invite and encourage you to attend this important event.

To register, please visit: .

Please use this link if you are already a registered HSIN user and simply need to log-in to the webinar: .


***Save the Date: New Upcoming Webinar ***

Starting Early: Financial Preparation for Disasters and Emergencies

Tuesday, April 9

3:00 p.m. EDT

Do you have your finances ready in case a disaster strikes your family, community or business? Starting early to protect your finances is an important step in all financial elements of your life; preparing for emergencies is no different. FEMA has been working with its federal partners and whole community organizations to bring you new and revamped tools to be financially prepared.

FEMA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Operation Hope are collaborating to bring you a free webinar on financial preparedness for disasters and emergencies. This is one of many efforts happening to support “Financial Capability Month” in April and promote American's starting early in financial literacy.

This webinar will focus on local tools, services and assistance available to individuals, faith-based and community based leaders, private sector organizations and emergency managers. Presenters will provide information on how to incorporate current and upcoming financial preparedness tools into local disaster preparedness education efforts and how to get the community involved in an effort for communities to start preparing for emergencies early.

In addition, attendees will learn more about tools and guidance that protects the consumer rights of disaster survivors. There will also be updates on new and revamped tools and resources to make being financial prepared easy, including new and web pages, an updated version of the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit and previews of additional financial preparedness tools under development.

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.


Free Interactive Flood Risk Tools

In the United States, floods are the most common type of natural disaster and everyone is at some degree of risk. Take some time during Flood Safety Awareness Week (March 18-23, 2013) to explore the risk of flooding where you live.

Visit and take advantage of free resources to help determine flood risk in your area. Featured tools include:

For more flood resources, visit .


Flood Insurance 101

Did you know standard homeowners insurance does not cover flooding? This is why it's critically important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, snow melt, heavy rains and other conditions which frequently impact the United States.

Learn the facts about flood insurance and what you can do to make sure you, your family and home are protected. Some basic tips to know include:

  • There is a 30-day waiting period before flood insurance goes into effect, so don't delay;
  • Flood insurance is available in most communities through insurance agents; and
  • Flood insurance is available for buildings in or out of an identified flood-prone area.

For more information on flood insurance, watch this new webinar or visit .


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FEMA Seeks Applicants for Youth Preparedness Council

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking applicants/nominations for its Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) . The YPC is a unique opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a highly distinguished national council. Members will have the opportunity to:

  • Complete a self-selected youth preparedness project;
  • Voice opinions, experiences, ideas, and questions on youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national organizations working on youth preparedness; and
  • Participate in the YPC Summit.

Any individual between the ages of 12 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness may apply or be nominated to serve on the YPC. An individual may apply on his/her own behalf, or he/she can be nominated by an adult familiar with his/her youth preparedness activities.

Individuals interested in applying to the YPC 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 youth to the YPC should complete the application form and narrative, but a letter of recommendation is not mandatory . Specific 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 in the Council. National and regional FEMA representatives will review applications/nominations. Each state and territory falls into one of ten FEMA regions, and each region has a Community Preparedness Officer (CPO); the CPOs report to FEMA Headquarters. Applications will be reviewed by FEMA Headquarters staff and the CPO from the region from which the application originated.

YPC members will be 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 YPC and the Individual and Community Preparedness Division's work on youth preparedness, and to access the application materials, please visit


FEMA Major Disaster Declarations Updates

Connecticut Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm
Major Disaster Declaration number 4106 on Mar 21, 2013

Rhode Island Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm
Major Disaster Declaration number 4107 on Mar 22, 2013

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