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Extreme Heat! Beat the Heat!

Temperatures are rising across the country and many cities are feeling the heat of 100 degrees or more. With the addition of humidity, some areas will begin to experience extreme heat. During extreme heat, it is important to stay cool.

Extreme heat causes more deaths than hurricanes, tornados, floods and earthquakes combined. Heat related illnesses occur when the body is not able to compensate and properly cool itself. The great news is extreme heat is preventable by following a few tips:

  • Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperatures.
  • Weather strip doors and windows to keep cool air in.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sunshine with drapes, shades or awnings.
  • Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Stay indoors. If you do not have air conditioning, visit a cooling station such as your local library or shopping mall.
  • Wear light weight and light colored clothing with sunscreen to reduce exposure to the sun.
  • Do not leave children or pets in the car unattended at any time.
  • Pace yourself in your outside activities. Reschedule if needed.

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Preparedness for Your Pets

Disasters come in varying forms and often without warning. Many have a disaster plan for the family but have we included our pets? Make sure your animals stay safe and remain a loving part of your family by taking the steps below:

  • Get a Rescue Alert Sticker—The Rescue Alert Sticker will notify people that pets are inside your home. Place sticker in a visible spot for a rescue worker to see. Include the types and number of pets in the home, the name of your veterinarian and your veterinarian's phone number. If you have evacuated, write “EVACUATED” across the sticker.
  • Find a Place for your Pet— Never evacuate without your pets. Make sure you have a predetermined place you and your pets can go in the case of an evacuation because not all Red Cross Facilities allow pets.
  • Pet Emergency Kit— Along with an emergency preparedness kit for your household, it is also a good idea to create one for your pets. Some items to include are: a pet first-aid kit, enough food and water to last 3-7 days and toys to keep your pet occupied.

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Webinar Announcement

In January 2013, President Obama put forward his “ Now is the Time ” plan to reduce gun violence. One of the executive actions put forth in his plan was the development of a new guide by the Department of Homeland Security, led by FEMA ; Department of Education; Department of Justice, led by the FBI and Health and Human Services.

A webinar will be held on July.This guide will help houses of worship develop and implement high-quality emergency operations plans (EOPs). View the entire guide here .

This webinar will provide:

  • Key principles for developing an EOP for a house of worship;
  • Planning process for developing, implementing and refining an EOP for a house of worship;
  • Form, function and content of an EOP plan for a house of worship; and
  • Topics that support emergency operations planning including, but not limited to, key hazards to plan for.

The webinar will include a 60-minute presentation on the guide, a 30-minute question and answer session and information on how to access more information and resources.


This webinar is first come, first serve. We encourage you to pre-register! Registration can be accessed at the following link: .

You will receive information on how to connect to the Webinar once you have registered. There will be NO call-in capability.  You must have computer access that has audio capability.


Blog Highlight - FEMA & NAACP: Partnering to Empower Preparedness for All

On July 12, 2013, Administrator Craig Fugate sat alongside Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), to sign a memorandum of agreement between FEMA and the NAACP . This agreement builds on a long-standing partnership between FEMA and the NAACP and leverages both institutions' resources and networks to improve the whole community throughout the disaster cycle.

For years, the NAACP has been on the front lines in communities meeting the need of disaster survivors. This partnership helps with FEMA's mission to support citizens and first responders.

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