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Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) on Campuses

Wednesday, May 8 -- 3:00 p.m. EDT

Join us at 3:00 p.m. EDT on May 8 for a discussion of Campus CERT and its role in emergency preparedness.

FEMA recognizes the unique needs of college and university campuses and is developing tools and resources to help institutions of higher education implement and sustain Campus CERT programs which will help them prepare their campus before, during and after a major disaster or emergency.

Guest speakers from the University of Southern California, Michigan State University and North Carolina Central University will share their experiences and lessons learned with Campus CERT and outline the value-added benefits the program provides their campus community.

Did you know over 2,000 local jurisdictions and dozens of college and university campuses across the country have used the CERT model to prepare their communities for disasters? You'll learn exactly what CERT is and what it is not. More importantly, you'll find out how CERT training can improve the security of your student population and the whole community.

Registration will open next week. Please follow us on Twitter @Citizen_Corps and get next week's e-Brief to sign up for the webinar!


Now Available : Financial Preparedness for Disasters Webinar Recording

The “ Starting Early: Financial Preparation for Disasters and Emergencies ,” webinar co-hosted on April 9 by the Financial Literacy Education Commission and Operation Hope, broke record participation levels – exceeding 2,000 registrants! The webinar was so popular it overwhelmed our system. We extend our apology to those who could not access the event. However, the webinar recording and partner presentations are now available for downloading. To view the webinar recording, please visit .

The webinar features welcoming comments from Timothy Manning, Deputy Administrator of Protection and Preparedness at FEMA. During the event, partner organizations highlighted the often overlooked aspect of disaster preparedness – finances. Our partners shared valuable information on:

  • Programs designed to protect and empower consumers;
  • Advice on who to contact and what to do regarding finances before, during and after disasters and emergencies; and
  • Resources for financial preparedness, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's blog , which focuses on protecting and rebuilding finances after a disaster.

For more information on financial preparedness, please access newly updated tools and resources at . Thanks again for making this webinar a huge success!


Tribal Input Needed For Emergency Declaration Process

As part of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 , a new provision amended the Stafford Act to provide federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native governments the option to make a request directly to the President for a federal emergency or major disaster declaration.

To implement this historic provision, FEMA is consulting with Indian tribal governments through the publication of a “ Solicitation for Comments Regarding Current Procedures to Request Emergency and Major Disaster Declarations ” in the Federal Register.

We would like to further discuss three currently trending topics in a National Tribal Consultation conference call on Thursday, April 18 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The three trending topics include:

  • The Public Assistance threshold;
  • Individual Assistance declaration criteria; and
  • Cost Share adjustment for Indian Tribal governments.

Please join us in a National Tribal Consultation conference call to provide your comments on Thursday, April 18 at 3:00 p.m. EDT by dialing 888-708-5699 Pin 1601121 .

FEMA also will also accept comments via our online collaboration site and by email at until April 22, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.


A Better Chance for a Brighter Future

Save the Children has launched a new online hub, the U.S. Center for Child Development and Resiliency , to help ensure children affected by disasters get a better chance for a brighter future. The U.S. Center for Child Development and Resiliency offers grant opportunities, child care emergency preparedness training and preparedness kits tailored to children. Click here to access these resources.


Final Call for Youth Preparedness Council Nominations

FEMA is collecting applications for the Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) and there are only four days left to apply or nominate someone – so hurry and submit your application today!

Youth can apply on their own or individuals who are familiar with their preparedness activities can nominate them. Applicants/nominees must be between 12 and 17 years old. The deadline for applications and nominations is April 19, 2013 . For more information about the YPC application and FAQs, please visit .


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FEMA Emergency Declarations Updates

Massachusetts Explosions
Emergency Declaration number 3362 on Apr 18, 2013

Texas Explosion
Emergency Declaration number 3363 on Apr 19, 2013

Massachusetts Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding
Major Disaster Declaration number 4110 on Apr 19, 2013

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