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Social Media Toolkits Now Available

June is a busy month for preparedness! It's National Pet Preparedness Month and also the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. As such, the Ready Campaign has two resources you can use to promote preparedness in your home and in your community.

Use the new Pet Preparedness Social Media Toolkit to share pet preparedness messages and graphics with family and friends. The Hurricane Preparedness Digital Toolkit is also a great way to share important safety tips this hurricane season . Start sharing today!


Developing a Family Emergency Communication Plan

Disasters can happen at any time, so it's likely that you may not be with your family during an emergency. Do you have a plan in place to contact your loved ones to ensure they are safe? Before the storm comes, waves swell, or twister forms, create and test your family emergency communication plan so you can reach each member of your household.

Planning starts with these three steps:

  1. Collect – Create a paper copy of the contact information for your family and other important people and offices, such as medical facilities, doctors, schools, or service providers.
  2. Share – Make sure everyone carries a copy in his or her backpack, purse, or wallet. If you complete your Family Emergency Communication Plan online at , you can print it onto a wallet-sized card. You should also post a copy in a central location in your home, such as your refrigerator or family bulletin board.
  3. Practice – Have regular household meetings to review and practice your plan. You can also create wallet-sized cards that include contact information and emergency meeting places.

Don't Wait, Communicate! Watch this video to find out why having a family emergency communication plan is so important.


Preparing Your Pet for Evacuation

June is National Pet Preparedness Month. Is your pet prepared for evacuation? If you have to evacuate to a public shelter because of a disaster, keep in mind that animals may not be allowed inside.

With proper planning, you can help ensure your pet's safety if you have to separate. Just follow tips from the Ready Campaign , including:

  • Assemble a pet disaster supply kit;
  • Talk with your pet's veterinarian about emergency planning;
  • Plan with friends, neighbors, or relatives to make sure someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so; and
  • Look for a boarding facility such as a kennel or veterinarian hospital that is near an evacuation facility or your family's meeting place.

With simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected. Those who take the time to prepare themselves and their pets will likely encounter less difficulty, stress, and worry.

For more information about preparing your pet for emergencies, visit the Ready Campaign website and take a look at this video featuring the nation's “first dogs,” Sunny and Bo Obama.

You can also share important pet preparedness information with loved ones using the Pet Preparedness Social Media Toolkit .


Webinar: Community Emergency Response Team Builds 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!


Webinar: Ember Alert: Preparing for Wildfires

Are you prepared for a wildfire? To kick off the summer, FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division invites you to a webinar on Thursday, June 23, which will feature an array of dynamic nationwide programs and resources to prepare communities for wildfires.

Title: Ember Alert: Preparing for Wildfires

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Featured Speakers:

  • Phillis Krietz , United States Fire Administration, FEMA
  • Mark Jackson , Branch of Wildland Fire Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Cathy Prudhomme , National Fire Protection Association
  • Christi Collins , Individual and Community Preparedness Division, FEMA

How to Join the Webinar

We hope that you will be able to join us on June 23!


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