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Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) on Campuses

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

Next week, on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT, FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) will host a free webinar entitled, “Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) on College Campuses.” This event serves as the kick-off for ICPD's nationwide Campus CERT promotion and implementation effort, which is designed to increase the number of CERTs at higher education institutions across America.

With presentations from current Campus CERT programs at the University of Southern California, Michigan State University and North Carolina Central University , the webinar will provide the opportunity to learn more about Campus CERT and ICPD's plans to develop tools and resources to support the implementation of Campus CERT programs.

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Can't make the date? Technical difficulties get in the way? All of our webinars are recorded and transcribed, so you can view past events in our webinar library . Please be sure to visit the webinar library for a recording of the event.


Hats Off to Volunteers

Hosted by the HandsOn Network and Points of Light , the 2013 National Volunteer Week celebrated community service from April 21 to 27. The initiative encourages people to seek out creative and imaginative ways to give back to their neighborhoods and communities.

HandsOn Network volunteer centers serve as the center for community volunteerism. Check out the Share Your Story page to tell the HandsOn Network how you inspired or were affected by change in your community. Selected stories may be featured in HandsOn Network's promotional efforts.

This year, volunteer centers also celebrated participants during two awards ceremonies. For more information:

To learn more about National Volunteer week, visit the HandsOn Network website or Points of Light website .


What Do You Know About Floods?

As fierce floodwaters in the Midwest caused forced evacuations and bridge closures, changing springtime conditions remind us that all floods are not alike. Although floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States, there are different types of floods and types of flood risk. How much do you know about floods?

Flash floods are the number one weather-related killer in the United States. They can occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall, a dam or levee failure or a sudden release of water held by an ice jam. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of roaring water carrying rocks, mud and other debris.

Meanwhile, the most common type of flooding is overland flooding. Overland floods typically occur when waterways, such as rivers or streams, overflow their banks as a result of rainwater or a possible levee breach.

There are also several ways to define and address flood risk areas. Risk areas can be categorized as high-risk, moderate-to-low risk or undetermined-risk. The lower the degree of flood risk, the lower the flood insurance premium. Flood-hazard maps show the flood risk for your community and helps determine the type of flood insurance coverage needed.

Visit or to learn more about the causes of floods and defining flood risks. You can also find information on floods from past webinar presentations .


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FEMA Major Disaster Declarations Update

Minnesota Severe Winter Storm
Major Disaster Declaration number 4113 on May 03, 2013

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