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Get the National Preparedness Month Social Media Toolkit

Get ready for National Preparedness Month (NPM) with the 2016 NPM Social Media Toolkit !

The toolkit has emergency preparedness messages you can share on your social media channels to spread the word to colleagues, family, and friends throughout the month of September and beyond! Feel free to copy the messages directly or customize them. Find graphics, videos, and other resources you can use to promote preparedness. 

The 2016 NPM theme is “Don't Wait, Communicate: Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Each week of the month has a specific focus highlighting ways to get prepared and leads up to National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30.

  • Week 1 (August 28-September 3): Promote National Preparedness Month
  • Week 2 (September 4-10): Preparing Family and Friends
  • Week 3 (September 11-17): Preparing Through Service
  • Week 4 (September 18-24): Individual Preparedness
  • Week 5 (September 25-30): Lead-up to National PrepareAthon! Day

Don't Wait. Get the NPM Social Media Toolkit today!

Also, be sure to check out the Ready Campaign's 2016 Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar to find other toolkits, including the Children and Youth Preparedness Social Media Toolkit , to share with your networks.


30th Anniversary National CERT Conference

This year is the 30th Anniversary of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. To celebrate, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has partnered with CaliforniaVolunteers , NBCUniversal, and other CERT partners to host a National CERT Conference September 8 – 10, 2016 in Universal City, CA.

Attendees will join nearly 650 CERT program  managers, instructors, and volunteers at the event, which will offer a variety of activities and workshops. Some of the workshops include: Map Your Neighborhood, Moulage 101, and How to Use Social Media to Enhance Your CERT Program.

One of biggest activities this year will be the 30th Anniversary National CERT Conference Awards ceremony. Similar to FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Awards , the ceremony will recognize all the great programs, volunteers, and partners that have made CERT successful.

To learn more about the 30th Anniversary National CERT Conference, visit the CaliforniaVolunteers website. You can register for the conference here: .


Starting a Youth Preparedness Program

Youth preparedness programs provide kids with the skills they need to protect themselves during an emergency. Looking to start a youth preparedness program in your community? FEMA can help! We've outlined seven steps for implementing a successful program. Here are the first three:

Step 1: Getting Started

Begin by assessing the needs of the community, identifying the goals of the program, and securing the necessary financing and resources to facilitate a smooth launch. The first step involves deciding what to include in the program. For example, will it include information and training on a particular type of disaster, or general information about family preparedness and/or emergency response? Once you have identified your community's needs, you will be able to establish a focus for your youth program.

Step 2: Engaging Partners

Youth preparedness requires collaboration. The second step in implementing a youth preparedness program is to identify and secure partners, and to define the roles and responsibilities for each partner. Refer to the Partnership Checklist in the Implementation Guide for a starting point.

Step 3: Identifying Your Curriculum

This step involves determining who your audience is, choosing what topics to focus on, and identifying a curriculum that meets the demands of your audience and topics. The FEMA Youth Preparedness Catalogue: Disaster Preparedness Education Programs and Resources lists a number of curricula that may work for you. Also, printed program materials are available for the Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) and Teen CERT programs through the FEMA warehouse .

For more information about starting a youth preparedness program, and to see the full list of steps, visit .


Youth Preparedness Council Summit Recap

On July 19 and 20, 2016, members of FEMA's Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) participated in the annual Summit in Washington, DC. Council members met with FEMA leadership—including Administrator Craig Fugate and Deputy Administrator Joseph Nimmich. They also met with staff and partners for presentations and discussions in addition to receiving training and membership briefings.

First-year members began to plan individual community disaster preparedness projects, while second-year members started to plan a group preparedness project in collaboration with the Corporation for National and Community Service .

Check out the Facebook Live Broadcast filmed from the Summit to learn more about the YPC and how members promote preparedness.


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