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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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has updated the 48 Core Capability Development Sheets, first released in June 2017. The sheets, being released today, identify tools to help organizations sustain and improve their core capabilities. Please view, download, and bookmark the new version of the sheets at https://www.fema.gov/core-capability-development-sheets.
The improvements for February 2018 include:
- Navigation pages to improve user search and experience;
- New resource types released by the FEMA National Integration Center;
- Updated tools for Natural and Cultural Resources Core Capability; and
- Version date stamps and other minor fixes.
Spread the word on your favorite social media platforms using #corecapability, and please send questions and feedback to FEMA-TArequest@fema.dhs.gov .
Thank you. Together we make our nation more resilient.
Youth can make a difference in their communities. One way is to join the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) . The YPC is open to 8th – 11th graders across the Nation. If you know a good candidate, please tell them to apply.
As a member of the YPC, youth can:
- Design and conduct local and national projects;
- Add a youth viewpoint on emergency preparedness;
- Help prepare their local area for emergencies;
- Meet with FEMA regularly; and
- Give input to FEMA leadership and staff.
Adults working with youth should share the application . Youth should submit a complete form , provide two letters of recommendation, and their academic records.
Applications are due March 18, 2018 . For more information, visit the Youth Preparedness Council website .
When the temperature drops, learn how to keep yourself and your family safe and warm.
Follow these tips from the How to Prepare for a Winter Storm guide to stay warm when stepping into the cold:
- If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water-repellent.
- Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
- Cover all of your body. Wear a hat and a scarf, covering your mouth to protect your face and to help prevent loss of body heat.
Find more winter safety information on the Winter Storm page.
You are invited to a webinar on Monday, February 12, 2018 . The webinar will include best practices, lessons learned, and challenges for people with disabilities and others with access and/or functional needs during and after a disaster. It will also feature presentations from Core Advisory Groups.
Title: Sharing Inclusive Practices and Approaches to Prepare Communities for Disasters: Core Advisory Group Webinar
Date: Monday, February 12, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (ET)
This webinar will feature Core Advisory Group presenters from the following locations:
- Central New Jersey
- Long Island
- Central New York
How to Join the Webinar:
We hope that you will be able to join us on Monday, February 12!
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) invite you to a webinar on Tuesday February 13, 2018, to learn more about potential financial assistance options for private non-profits and houses of worship after a disaster.
This webinar provides faith-based and non-profit leaders as well as state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers, with an overview of FEMA's Public Assistance Program and Policy Guidance changes; the Small Business Administration disaster assistance options for non-profits and houses of worship; and recommendations to ensure applicant organizations retain current insurance policies on their properties. Additionally, this webinar will officer practical preparedness steps you can take now to mitigate future loss or damage.
Title: Help After a Disaster for Private Non-Profits and Houses of Worship: Potential Sources of Financial Assistance
Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (ET)
This webinar will feature presenters from the following organizations:
- DHS Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
- Small Business Administration
- FEMA Public Assistance
- Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration
How to Join the Webinar:
We hope that you will be able to join us on February 13!
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