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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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Take the first step toward emergency preparedness by downloading the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) app .
Did you know your smartphone can be an important tool to help you prepare?
Many people use mobile applications (apps) to receive updates on severe weather, help them plan for emergencies, and stay informed of community activities.
The Disaster Information Management Research Center compiled apps from various organizations to help you find appropriate and trustworthy applications including those from FEMA and the American Red Cross. These apps cover the following areas:
- Family Reunification
- American Red Cross Suite of Apps
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Hazardous Substances
- Medical and Health Information
- Responder Support and Safety including field operations guides
- Psychological Health Tools for staying emotionally healthy
- U.S. Federal Agencies
- Surveillance and Alerts such as disease outbreaks and severe weather warnings
Having preparedness information and planning tools literally at your fingertips is an easy way to take action now!
May is Older Americans Month and a great time to ensure you or any members of your household prepare for emergencies.
The first step is identifying what you or older adults in your household may need to be prepared. Evaluate those needs, include them in your emergency plan , and add any necessary items to your emergency supply kit . The Ready Campaign recommends seniors consider the following measures:
- Create a network of neighbors, relatives, friends, and co-workers to aid you in an emergency. Discuss your needs and make sure everyone knows how to operate necessary equipment. If appropriate, discuss your needs with your employer.
- Keep specialized items ready, including extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for service animals , and any other items you might need.
- Keep written copies of your prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and orders for medical equipment, including dosage, treatment, and allergy information in your emergency kit.
- Make a list of the type and model numbers of the medical devices you require.
- Talk with your medical service providers about their emergency plans if you undergo routine treatments administered by a clinic or hospital or if you receive regular services such as home health care, treatment, or transportation. Work with them to identify back-up service providers and incorporate them into your personal support network.
- Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and other sources to store for your reference. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides an online tool intended to help people locate and access their electronic health records from a variety of sources.
- Coordinate with friends, family, or specialty transportation service providers in the event of a mandatory evacuation.
Find more information on preparedness for older Americans at www.ready.gov/seniors .
Did you or someone you know make advancements in preparedness over the past year? If so, apply for or nominate them for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Award .
These awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward strengthening their community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster.
This year, the awards will showcase achievements in the following categories:
- Outstanding Citizen Corps Council
- Community Preparedness Champions
- Awareness to Action
- Technological Innovation
- Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness
- John D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness Award
- Outstanding Private Sector Initiatives
- Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Initiatives
- Outstanding Citizen Corps Partner Program
- Prepareathon in Action
For consideration in this year's awards, send all applications to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Applications need to feature program activities occurring between January 1, 2016 and May 30, 2017. For more information on how to apply, visit www.ready.gov/preparedness-awards .
On Tuesday, May 23, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) invites you to a webinar featuring community preparedness partnerships among local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs and the Medical Reserve Corps. Speakers will share how they built and continue to maintain these successful partnerships to better prepare and respond to a disaster.
Title: Building and Maintaining Community Preparedness Partnerships Among CERT Programs and the Medical Reserve Corps
Date: Tuesday, May 23
Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
- Tyler Krska, Emergency Management Specialist, FEMA ICPD
- David Richardson, Health Officer, Township of Manalapan, New Jersey
- Kim Silverstein, Volunteer Coordinator, Township of Manalapan, New Jersey
- Carla R. Mitchell, National Technical Assistance Coordinator, Medical Reserve Corps Program, U.S. Department Health and Human Services
How to Join the Webinar:
We hope to that you will be able to join us on May 23!
On Wednesday, May 24, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Division invites you to a webinar showcasing nationwide innovative preparedness efforts. Speakers will share how they developed innovative program ideas to address needs in their communities. This webinar will also feature how you can receive recognition for your preparedness initiatives by providing an overview of the 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards.
Title: Community Discussion: Sharing Innovative Community Preparedness Ideas
Date: Wednesday, May 24
Time: 2 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
How to Join the Webinar:
We hope to that you will be able to join us on May 24!
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