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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The FEMA App Can Help You Stay Safe

The FEMA app can help Americans through emergencies. The app provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and Disaster Recovery Centers, and tips on how to survive natural and manmade disasters.

The app also will enable users to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the nation. This feature allows users to receive alerts on severe weather happening anywhere they select in the country, even if the phone is not located in the area, making it easy to follow severe weather that may be threatening family and friends.

The FEMA app also offers a “Disaster Reporter” feature, where users can upload and share photos of disaster damage.

The latest version of the FEMA app is available for free in the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices. Download the app today!

Users who already have the app downloaded on their smartphones should download the latest update for the new alerts feature to take effect. Information on the app is available in English and Spanish.


Preparing Your Business for Emergencies

There are many ways business owners can prepare their organizations for emergencies. The Ready Campaign can assist entrepreneurs in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards. The five steps in developing a preparedness program are Program Management , Planning , Implementation , Testing and Exercises , and Program Improvement .

For example, your business' program management plan should include short and long-term objectives that protect the safety of employees, visitors, contractors and others at risk from hazards at the facility. The objectives of a preparedness program include :

  • Establish a program committee that includes wide participation from your company;
  • Conduct a business impact analysis to identify the operational and financial impacts from an interruption or disruption of your business;
  • Protect the safety of your employees by developing evacuation, sheltering and lockdown plans. Conduct employee training and drills;
  • Upgrade the protection of the facility by installing a fire sprinkler system; and
  • Build a culture of preparedness in the workplace and encourage employees to have a plan at home.

Visit for more information on how you can prepare your business for an emergency. You can also check out the Prepare Your Organization playbooks  from America's PrepareAthon! Find a playbook for each of the campaign's featured hazards on page 2 when you click on the link.


Join the #CascadiaEQ TweetChat

Are you ready for an earthquake? On Monday, June 6 at 12 p.m. PDT, @ShakeOut will host the #CascadiaEQ TweetChat to share important information about earthquake safety. Connect with scientists and preparedness experts as they discuss the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami hazards. Join the conversation using #CascadiaEQ .

You can also help promote the event by joining the Thunderclap , sharing the Facebook post , or retweeting the announcement .


Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Webinar

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 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!


Roadmap to Resilience Training

Over the course of the past year, FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) has been developing a new training course entitled, Building a Roadmap to Resilience: A Whole Community Training.  This course is designed to inspire and provide participants with information intended to increase a community's resilience through the whole community approach to emergency management. On July 25-27, 2016 , ICPD and the Emergency Management Institute will host the first delivery at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD.

FEMA published A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action in December 2011. This report provides communities a foundation for developing a community-centric approach focusing on the strengths and capabilities of the community team to better prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against all hazards. Building a Roadmap to Resilience is intended to build upon the findings of FEMA as well as best practices uncovered by local efforts and turn them into manageable actions that local government entities can implement.  Participants in this course will receive the tools and knowledge to establish a community coalition and to encourage community leaders to make resiliency gains within the unique circumstances of their jurisdiction.

The target audience for this course includes community stakeholders interested in disaster resilience, and emergency management professionals with less than three years of experience who support or implement inclusive emergency management, community disaster planning, preparedness activities, and community outreach partners at the state and local levels.

If you know of individuals who may be interested in attending this offering, please direct them to their State Training Officer (or point of contact) to submit a FEMA Form 119-25-1, General Admissions Application (attached). The deadline to register is June 20, 2016.

Once an individual is placed into the course, NETC Admissions will send an acceptance email with travel instructions. Seats for the course are on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you are accepted into the course, you will receive some additional information from course managers regarding the agenda and what (if any) materials you should bring with you.


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