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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Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month

President Obama designated November as Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month to recognize the importance of strengthening our nation's infrastructure and enhancing our homeland security and resilience.

Our nation's critical infrastructure provides the essential services that support American society. It provides the power we use in our homes, the water we drink, the transportation that gets us from place to place, the bridges that connect us and the communication systems on which we rely to stay in touch with friends and family.

Safeguarding critical infrastructure against growing and evolving threats – both physical and cyber – requires a whole community effort. Read the President's proclamation and find out what you can do to make your home, business and community more resilient.


Coping Mechanisms

Disasters can be a stressful experience for everyone involved bringing an emotional toll that is sometimes more devastating than the physical damage they leave behind. People with access or functional needs, children, senior citizens and those for whom English is not their first language are especially at risk for disaster-related stress. Signs of disaster-related stress include:

  • Difficulty sleeping;
  • Limited attention span; and
  • Fear of crowds, strangers or being alone.

Anyone experiencing disaster-related stress should seek counseling. Everyone who sees or experiences a disaster is affected in some way. While individual responses will vary, acknowledging your feelings will help with recovery. Some other ways to ease stress are:

  • Spending time with family and friends;
  • Participating in memorials; and
  • Exercising.

As you recover, it is a good idea to update your family communications plan and disaster supply kit . Taking these steps will keep you prepared in case disaster strikes again.


Free Disaster Financial Recovery Webinars

Natural disasters wreak havoc on families in more ways than one. It takes time for survivors to recover emotionally and financially. This webinar series will help professionals assist individuals and families with disaster financial recovery including:

  • Becoming familiar with the “Recovery After Disaster:  The Family Financial Toolkit”;
  • Identifying key strategies and resources to help with financial recovery; 
  • Determining family financial picture; and
  • Guiding families as they make financial decision.

The hour-long webinars are held once a month November 26 – March 18 at 2pm CDT.


FEMA Is Hiring!

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is hiring a Program Specialist . This position is ideal for a community preparedness or community program development specialist looking for an opportunity to provide advice and guidance to other agencies and groups on various community preparedness programs and plans in compliance with FEMA's all-hazard disaster preparedness and emergency response policies, practices and procedures. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of National Preparedness Directorate, Individual and Community Preparedness Division.

Visit the FEMA Careers page to search additional employment opportunities.


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About FEMA

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