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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National Crime Prevention Month

Citizen Corps partners with several programs to make communities safer including the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program and National Neighborhood Watch . In fact, many CERTs are also Neighborhood Watch Groups.

Make your neighborhood safer this October during National Crime Prevention Month by joining or starting a CERT or Neighborhood Watch Group in your community.

Community Emergency Response Team

National Neighborhood Watch

For more information on Citizen Corps partner programs, visit .


America's Safe Schools Week

This week is America's Safe Schools Week . While many schools will be conducting activities to educate students about safety procedures, it's also important to get students involved in creating a safer environment.  

Youth can bring unique strengths to emergency preparedness. That's why, in 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency created the Youth Preparedness Council to bring together youth leaders from across the country who are engaged in youth preparedness.

So during America's Safe Schools Week, encourage youth in your community to help create a safer environment by:


Wildfire Prevention

Wildfires can occur anytime, anywhere, even in your back yard. Take action now to protect your property and your family.

o Disposing of charcoal briquettes and fireplace ashes properly;

o Never leaving a fire unattended and making sure it is fully extinguished;

o Storing combustible or flammable materials in safe containers away from the house;

o Keeping the gas grill and propane tank at least 15 feet away from any structure; and

o Keeping vehicles parked away from tall, dry grass.

For more information, visit the America's PrepareAthon! Wildfire section


Webinar: Teen CERT, Campus CERT and Workplace CERT

On Wednesday, November 2 , FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division invites you to a webinar featuring Teen, Campus and Workplace Community Emergency Response Team programs. The webinar will focus on best practices, challenges and successes of starting and growing a program in each category!

Title: Teen CERT, Campus CERT and Workplace CERT

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Time:  3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EDT

CERT Programs:

  • Capt. Lafate Elliott Day , Lafourche Parish Teen CERT (LA)
  • James Caesar , University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Jeremy Kirchner , NBC Universal Workplace CERT (CA)

How to Join the Webinar:

We hope to that you will be able to join us on November 2!


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