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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One Day Left to Apply for the 2013 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards!

The application period for the 2013 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness (ICP) Awards ends tomorrow, June 5, 2013 . Don't wait to nominate outstanding individuals, organizations, Citizen Corps Councils and programs working to make our communities safer, stronger and better prepared for any disaster or emergency event.  

All submissions must feature achievements taking place between January 1, 2012 and June 5, 2013. Apply today and submit your application by email at .

For more information, v isit the Awards page on our website .


Prepare for Hurricane Season with Mobile Apps

Storms, high winds of up to 155 miles per hour, floods, tornadoes, flying debris, power outages and more; hurricane season has begun. Are you ready? 

The risks from hurricanes can be high, so be sure to follow local weather conditions closely with mobile apps. The National Weather Service mobile app provides real-time radar and forecasts for users. The American Red Cross also has a hurricane tracker app with location-based alerts, preparedness checklists, locations of open shelters and more.

Check out these mobile apps today and make staying in the know easy during hurricane season.


Citizen Corps Whole Community and CERT Core Capabilities Tool Released

FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division has released the Citizen Corps Whole Community and CERT Core Capabilities Tool. Last year, a working group of state and local Citizens Corps program managers, organized by the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division, developed this tool to map out all of the core capabilities identified by the National Preparedness Goal. The tool showcases:

Highlights of core capabilities to whole community engagement in each mission area:

  • Definitions of the capabilities from the National Preparedness Goal
  • Descriptions of how Citizens Corps Whole Community supports the capabilities
  • Whole Community toolkit with resource links

The Citizen Corps Whole Community and CERT Core Capabilities Tool can assist State Administrative Agencies (SAAs)  in demonstrating how Citizen Corps and CERT programs support most of the target capabilities and help implement the whole community approach to emergency management. This tool can help SAAs and Citizen Corps Councils at all levels develop strategic investment justifications with a high return on investment. 

To access the Citizens Corps Whole Community and CERT Core Capabilities tool online visit: .

For questions on the tool, please contact the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division at .


Mitigating Your Community's Risks before a Disaster

The decisions community leaders make now can affect the lives and investments of everyone in their community for decades. Smart community leaders must look to the future and plan ahead to ensure the long-term safety and sustainability of their entire communities. When developing emergency plans for communities, it is essential to consider the impact of local risks from natural and manmade disasters.

FEMA provides resources to communities to mitigate their short and long term risks. To learn more about mitigating your community risks learn more here:

Risk Assessment




National Safety Month Kicks Off!

The National Safety Council kicked off its annual National Safety Month on June 1 in an effort to educate and influence behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. Each week in the month of June, National Safety Council will be highlighting critical safety issues under this year's theme, “Safety Starts with Me,” reinforcing the message that successful organizations engage everyone in safety and thereby people take ownership of not only their safety but that of their coworkers, family and friends. To read more on National Safety Month click here .


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