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Georgia School for the Deaf Helps Students Visualize Disaster Preparedness for Tornado

Preparing for disasters is important for everyone. According to tornado expert Dr. Greg Forbes, Atlanta has become one of the top 10 tornado-prone cities in the Nation. The Atlanta Area School for the Deaf serves Georgia's Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth population from preschool through 12th grade.

Throughout the year, the school hosts drills for fires, tornadoes, and active shooters, during which older students serve as role models for younger students. In collaboration with Georgia's Emergency Management Agency, the school participated in Ready Georgia's statewide tornado drill. Read more !


Save the Date: Youth Preparedness Council Summit Goes Live

On Wednesday, July 20 at 11:45 AM ET, FEMA's Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) members will broadcast on Facebook Live and Periscope from the 2016 Youth Preparedness Council Summit in Washington, DC.

Tune in to hear tips for engaging youth in disaster preparedness and to learn about the exciting projects YPC members are working on around the country.

Got questions about youth preparedness? Just ask! YPC members will answer your questions live from the Summit.

You can view the Facebook Live broadcast on the America's PrepareAthon! Facebook page .

To view the Periscope broadcast, just follow @PrepareAthon on Periscope.

We hope to see you on July 20!

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A Plan of Escape if there is a Fire in Your Home

If a fire starts in your home, you may have only one to two minutes to escape. Your ability to get out safely depends on having working smoke alarms and planning ahead.

The U.S. Fire Administration has tips for creating a fire escape plan :        

  • Walk through your home, and identify two ways out of each room. Make sure everyone in your home can escape from both ways. This will help them prepare in case one way is blocked by fire.
  • Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they've escaped and where firefighters can see you and know you are out.
  • Sound the smoke alarm, and practice your escape drill with everyone in your home.

Get more information about fire escape planning on the U.S. Fire Administration website . You'll find videos, flyers, and other resources to share with family and friends. Many of the resources are available in English and Spanish.


Preparing for Floods: What You Should Know

The summer season brings warm temperatures and longer days, but it can also bring heavy rains that can increase your risk for one of the most common disasters in the United States – floods .  Properly preparing for this hazard can keep your family safe, minimize potential damage, and speed up recovery efforts.

While everyone is at risk for flooding, many remain financially unprotected. One of the best ways to protect your home is by purchasing flood insurance because homeowner's insurance policies may not cover flood losses. Keep in mind that there is a 30-day waiting period before flood coverage takes effect!

In addition to flood insurance, the How to Prepare for a Flood guide from America's PrepareAthon! outlines steps you can take to safeguard your home and possessions, including:

  • Keep important papers in a fireproof, waterproof box. For electronic records, keep a backup drive in your fireproof, waterproof box or store files using a secure, backed up web-based service.
  • Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel if the location is susceptible to flooding.
  • Install “check valves” in sewer lines to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home.

No matter the source, a flood does not have to be a catastrophic event to be costly. Just a few inches of water can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Check out this interactive Cost of Flooding tool from to measure the financial impact a flood could have on your home. 


Webinar: Emergency Response Training Options for Houses of Worship

FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) invites you to a webinar on Tuesday, July 19 , which will feature ways houses of worship and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) can partner for emergency response training. The webinar will also highlight how these partnerships improve engagements with diverse communities and populations.

Title: Emergency Response Training Options for Houses of Worship

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Featured Speakers:                   

  • Judy Head - Northland Church, Longwood, FL
  • Charlotte Franklin - Office of Emergency Management, Arlington, VA
  • Alan Harris - Office of Emergency Management, Seminole County, FL
  • Marcus Coleman - DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships
  • Tyler Krska - National CERT and Citizen Corps Program, Individual and Community Preparedness Division, FEMA

How to Join the Webinar:

We hope that you will be able to join us on July 19! 


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