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.
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Prepare Your Property Now for a Future Storm
FEMA urges property owners to take steps now to minimize damage from future storms. To better protect your family and yourself in the event of an emergency, ensure your home is a safe structure.
The following are some house maintenance tips from Ready.gov , FEMA.gov and FloodSmart.gov on how to strengthen and protect your property from storms with sustained high wind speeds.
For more information, go to Ready.gov/hurricanes or fema.gov/protect-your-property-or-business-disaster .
Pledge to Prepare: National Preparedness Coalition
It's National Hurricane Preparedness Week ! Take action today, and join the National Preparedness Coalition!
The National Preparedness Coalition is a free resource for individuals and whole communities looking for ways to engage others on preparedness. With more than 25,000 members, individuals have an opportunity to network, share resources and promote local and regional activities raising the awareness on disaster preparedness.
Coalition members have access to hazard related resources, training and certifications. Members also have the opportunity to join the discussion on Community Emergency Response Teams, youth engagement and share personal experience and lessons learned in preparing for disaster.
All of this more is available by registering now: http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/readynpm/groupHome
Sign Me Up! Volunteer with a Purpose
When disaster strikes, individuals are ready to volunteer for the cause. Volunteerism is an opportunity to give back and help a community in need. FEMA works with various partners that lead with volunteering on the disaster scene, partners such as American Red Cross , HandsOn Network and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster as well as FEMA's own Community Emergency Response Teams .
Here are some tips when selecting a volunteer organization:
- Contact and join an established nonprofit organization that will help to ensure you are properly trained before responding to a disaster.
- Be safe. Do not self-deploy. Also do not deploy until a need has been identified and the community has requested support.
- Be patient. Recovery is a long process that can take months or years after the disaster.
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