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Register Now! Hurricane Preparedness Webinar May 21, 2013

Join us at 3:00 p.m. EDT on May 21 for a discussion of hurricane preparedness activities in coastal and inland communities.

Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage not just to coastlines, but also several hundred miles inland. Hurricanes can produce winds exceeding 155 miles, tornado outbreaks and severe flooding. Know how to be ready. Know how to be prepared.

As a lead-in to National Hurricane Week (May 26 to June 1) , FEMA will be hosting a free webinar featuring FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO), Michael F. Byrne , who will discuss hurricane preparedness lessons from Superstorm Sandy.

Local emergency response personnel will also present innovative ways and promising practices to engage coastal and inland communities in hurricane preparedness activities. These speakers will highlight effective local preparedness initiatives.

To register, please visit:

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Save the Date: FEMA Think Tank Call

Save the date and join Richard Serino, FEMA Deputy Administrator, for the next FEMA Think Tank conference call on May 28, 2013 , from New York City. The time of the conference call, the call-in number and captioning instructions will be provided in a follow up advisory.

This month's call will be held in partnership with UNICEF and focus on disaster survivor stories and international emergency worker experiences to encourage a more disaster survivor centric approach to emergency management at every level.

The FEMA Think Tank is a forum to engage the whole community, connect resources and share best practices, and develop solutions to the challenges we face in emergency management. Participants of the conference calls include federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local emergency managers, first responders, and others concerned about helping our communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

Before our next call, we encourage you to visit the online forum at to share your own disaster survivor story or to submit ideas and comment on others stories.


Virtual Roundtables for The National Planning Frameworks

Join FEMA next month for upcoming virtual roundtables to have in-depth discussions of the National Planning Frameworks. During these 60-minute events, you will learn how to apply the National Planning Frameworks to build, sustain and deliver the core capabilities.

The dates for the virtual roundtables are:

  • Monday, June 10 at 2 p.m. EDT;
  • Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m. EDT; and
  • Wednesday, June 19 at 6 p.m. EDT.

Framework authors will be on hand to provide background information and engage in an interactive dialogue. To prepare for the virtual roundtable, you may view the online tutorial and download the Frameworks at .

The National Planning Frameworks are part of the National Preparedness System , which outlines the tools and processes to help us achieve national preparedness. There is one Framework for each of the five mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery.


Wildfires: Getting Prepared and Protecting Your Home

As firefighters worked to contain the Spring wildfire in Southern California, experts forecast a difficult, above average wildfire season in the West. Make sure your family and community take actions to get prepared.

Wildfires spread quickly and often go undetected until it's too late. Across our nation every year communities are affected by major wildfires. While some homes survive, more homes do not.

Homes have a much higher likelihood of surviving wildfires when residents are prepared. Predictability, prevention and being prepared can minimize your risk in case of wildfire and help reduce the loss of life, property and resources.

  • In most cases, people start wildfires. Promote and practice wildfire safety in your community with these tips:
  • Teach children about fire safety. Keep matches out of their reach.
  • Make sure that fire vehicles can get to your home. Clearly mark all driveway entrances and display your name and address.
  • Report hazardous conditions that could cause a wildfire.
  • Post fire emergency telephone numbers.
  • Ensure adequate accessibility by large fire vehicles to your property.
  • Plan several escape routes away from your home - by car and by foot.

For more information on how to prepare and reduce your risks for wildfire damage visit:


Snapshots of FEMA Partners Pledge to Volunteerism

This week, volunteer organizations are convening to share knowledge and resources to help communities prepare for and recover from disasters at the annual National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters conference. As volunteer organizations prepare for what comes ahead, here are some recent examples highlighting our partners hard at work help communities get ready and fully recover from disasters.

Corporation for National & Community Service

Six months after Superstorm Sandy, AmeriCorps and National service members continue to coordinate the long-term recovery with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, the American Red Cross, Points of Light, and state and local authorities. To read more about the impact that AmeriCorps and its partners continue to provide visit:

Local CERT Team: North Richland Hills CERT Team

Local North Richland Hills CERT team volunteered recently to remodel the “Fire Safety House,” a mobile house used by the North Richland Hills Fire Department to travel to elementary schools to train children on fire safety. To get the full story and see pictures visit:

Union County Medical Reserve Corp Receives County 2013 Unity Achievement Award

The Union County MRC stepped up to the call of duty during Superstorm Sandy and provided onsite support to the Union County Regional Evacuation Center with coordinated efforts with local Cranford personnel.

The Union County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) recently received the 2013 Unity Achievement Award in recognition of its efforts to provide disaster relief during and after Superstorm Sandy. Get the full story here .


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