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Preparing for Extreme Heat

Extreme heat events can happen anywhere in the United States. Extreme heat commonly occurs in the summer; however the main season for heat waves may vary regionally.

America's PrepareAthon! will focus on extreme heat and how to prepare for this intense weather condition next week,  Sunday, May 22 – Saturday, May 28.

Continue reading the rest of the Preparing for Extreme Heat article. 

For more information on extreme heat conditions,  check out the  Ready Campaign website


Grilling Safety

Many people will be firing up their grills this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer.

With grilling season set to be in full force, take time to review a few safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to protect yourself and your guests from a fire or burn injuries:

  • Only use your grill outside;
  • Keep it away from siding and deck rails;
  • Keep a 3-foot safe zone around your grill to keep kids and pets safe;
  • Clean your grill after each use to remove grease, which can start a fire;
  • Place the coals from your grill in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled;
  • Open your gas grill before lighting; and
  • Keep an eye on your grill fire pit or patio torches.

Before you fire up your grill, check out USFA's animation on grilling safety


Life Saver: Working Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms– at least those that are working - save lives.

Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.

To protect yourself and your loved ones in case of a fire, the U.S. Fire Administration recommends the following:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home;
  • Set up smoke alarms inside and outside of all sleeping areas;
  • If an individual is deaf or hard of hearing, use a smoke alarm with a bed shaker or strobe light;
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month; and
  • Ensure all members of your household know the sound or alert of the alarm.

For additional information on how to protect yourself from a fire, check out the USFA website .


Webinar: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Building Partnerships with Professional Responders

On Tuesday, June 14 , FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division invites you to a webinar featuring several local Community Emergency Response Team programs that have developed strong working relationships with professional responders and emergency managers. The webinar will focus on how these relationships have been built and maintained so that participants can learn how to establish their own relationships with the first responders in their communities.

Title: Building Partnerships with Professional Responders

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Time:  3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EDT

How to Join the Webinar:

We hope to that you will be able to join us on June 14!


FEMA Announces Youth Preparedness Council Members

FEMA announces the members of the 2016–2018 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC), including the selection of 10 new members.

The members selected in 2016 are:

  • Kristen Lavoie (FEMA Region I, New Hampshire)
  • Ahjeetha Shankar (FEMA Region I, Connecticut)
  • Aahna Ghosh (FEMA Region II, New Jersey)
  • Sam Kleinberg (FEMA Region II, New Jersey)
  • David Bedard (FEMA Region III, Virginia)
  • Preston Buszka (FEMA Region V, Michigan)
  • Chandler Villa (FEMA Region VI, Texas)
  • James Hirsch (FEMA Region VII, Missouri)
  • Jerome Dinakar (FEMA Region VIII, Colorado)
  • Alexander Sun (FEMA Region VIII, Utah)

The returning YPC members are:

  • Kiahna Lee Espia, Council Co-Chairperson (FEMA Region IX, Guam)
  • Divakar Saini, Council Co-Chairperson ( FEMA Region IX , California)
  • Angelo DeGraff  ( FEMA Region III, Maryland)
  • Hailey Starr  ( FEMA Region X, Washington)
  • Megan Stutzman  ( FEMA Region X, Oregon)

Each YPC member will participate in the YPC Summit, July 19–20, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Summit gives members the opportunity to share their ideas and questions with national organizations; plan their legacy project; and meet with FEMA Community Preparedness staff, who serve as their ongoing support and mentors.

Created in 2012, the YPC brings together youth leaders from across the country that are interested in advocating on behalf of preparedness and making a difference in their communities by completing preparedness projects. The YPC supports FEMA's commitment to involve youth in preparedness-related activities. It also provides an avenue to engage youth by taking into account their perspectives, feedback, and opinions. YPC members meet with FEMA staff throughout their term to provide input on strategies, initiatives, and projects.

Please visit the YPC page for updated member bios soon!


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