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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Minding Your Business
Each year small businesses nationwide are forced to close their doors in the aftermath of severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes. An estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen after a major disaster. Small business owners should develop a preparedness program to address the impact of hazards. There are five steps in developing this program:
- Program Management;
- Testing and Exercises; and
- Program Improvement.
Take your company to the next level of preparedness with a free online business readiness assessment available from the American Red Cross as part of their Ready Rating program. As a Ready Rating member you will have access to various tools, resources and information to evaluate and improve your ability to withstand disaster.
Get help with your own business preparedness planning through a series of free webinars hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery . The series is presented in collaboration with FEMA's Ready Campaign, as part of National Preparedness Month.
The hour-long webinars will be presented at 2 p.m. EDT each Wednesday in September.
September 18: The NEW 10 Steps to Preparedness - Lessons from the Past
Registration Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/613804840
September 25 : Crisis Communications for any Organization
Registration Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/918980200
Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access past webinars and additional preparedness tools.
America's PrepareAthon Unveiled
The launch of the nation's new disaster preparedness campaign, America's PrepareAthon! (AP!), was a huge success! From local CERT team members to executives, hundreds participated in the September 5th unveiling of this community-based initiative for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience.
To kick things off, participants engaged in a digital dialogue as experts debunked preparedness myths during a 30-minute TweetChat and later demonstrated the earthquake response technique – drop, cover, and hold on. Missed the TweetChat? Search #PrepareAthon on Twitter to see the conversation and click here to view special emergency preparedness coverage and highlights of the AP! unveiling from KSBH-TV in Kansas City, MO.
AP! was developed based on research data used to improve collaborative planning, outreach, education, and training to engage all Americans so that they become active participants in creating communities and a Nation resilient to disasters. According to Tim Manning, Deputy Administrator for Protection and National Preparedness, “Policy without research is a gamble.”
Several organizations showed their support of the campaign in serving as national partners including: American Red Cross , FEMA , National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster , Corporation for National & Community Service , International Association of Energy Managers , Resilient Communities for America , the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and Target .
"Target is committed to supporting our communities before, during and after a crisis," said Brad Brekke, vice president of Corporate Security for Target. "We're proud to partner with FEMA on America's PrepareAthon!, which will help bring preparedness awareness and action to the forefront."
Stay up –to-date with all things AP! at www.fema.gov/prepareathon .
FSU Emergency Prep Week
Florida State University has created FSU Emergency Preparedness Week ( #FSUPrep ) during the week of Sept. 9 to highlight the many preparedness resources they have on campus, including social media.
To jumpstart the event, FSU Alert's emergency notification and warning system, including the 30-plus delivery methods utilized to warn and inform the school, are showcased. Sharing the spotlight is their state-of-the-art "EZ Button" rapid activation system.
The rest of the week will cover severe weather, crime prevention and security, fire safety, and health and wellness -- all chosen to emphasize the importance of student health, safety, and well-being.
This year marks the 12th anniversary of the 102 minutes that forever changed America – September 11, 2001. Despite the devastation, the attacks strengthened the spirit of American resilience and unity in the aftermath of disaster. Each year millions of people participate in the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance to honor those who lost their lives by pledging to perform a good deed on that day. Take the pledge and share your good deed with us at @Citizen_Corps!
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