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50th Anniversary of the First 9-1-1 Call

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the first 9-1-1 call . On February 16, 1968, Alabama State Senator Rankin Fite completed the first 9-1-1 call in Haleyville, Alabama and it remains as important today as it was when first introduced decades ago. Calling for help remains the first step in assisting someone in any emergency.

In fact, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) You Are the Help Until Help Arrives (Until Help Arrives) program identifies calling 9-1-1 as the first of five actions to help someone until professional help arrives. To honor the 50 year anniversary of this important national service, take time to learn the five steps below and take the Until Help Arrives training online:

  • Call 9-1-1 and provide your specific location.
  • Stay safe by protecting the injured from harm and moving them away from any ongoing danger.
  • Stop the bleeding with firm, direct pressure, or a tourniquet.
  • Position the injured: Let someone who is conscious position themselves; put an unconscious person into the recovery position.
  • Provide comfort to the injured while keeping them warm and offering encouragement.

For more information on the history of 9-1-1, visit the National Emergency Number Association .  


Apply to Join FEMA's Youth Preparedness Council

Youth can make a difference in their communities. One way is to join the 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:

  • Do 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 .


FEMA Seeks Applicants for National Advisory Council

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requests that qualified individuals who are interested in serving on the FEMA  National Advisory Council (NAC)  submit an application to be considered for appointment.

The NAC is a federal advisory committee of up to 35 members that advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management to ensure input from and coordination with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and the private sector on federal plans, programs, and strategies for all hazards. The NAC provides consensus recommendations to the Administrator and gives FEMA access to expertise, information, and advice on a broad range of issues. Topics of recent recommendations included provision of medical countermeasures, duplication of benefits in the Individual Assistance Program, and tribal partnerships training.

NAC members represent a geographically diverse mix of officials, emergency managers, and emergency response providers from all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, tribes and the private sector. Individuals appointed to these positions represent the whole community and bring their experience and expertise, along with their diversity of views and willingness to express them.
FEMA is now accepting applications for open positions in the following discipline areas:

  • Elected Local Government Official (one representative appointment)
  • Elected State Government Official (one representative appointment)
  • Emergency Management Field (one representative appointment)
  • Emergency Response Providers, which includes fire, law enforcement, hazardous materials response, emergency medical services, and organizations representing emergency response providers (two representative appointments)
  • Communications Expert, an expert in communications infrastructure, public safety and first responder communications systems and networks, and/or broadcast, cable, satellite, wireless, or wireline services and networks (one Special Government Employee, or SGE)
  • Cybersecurity Expert, an expert in protecting and defending information and communications systems from damage, unauthorized use or modification, or exploitation, (one SGE)
  • In-Patient Medical Provider, a provider of medical care to patients admitted to a healthcare facility, such as a hospital or skilled nursing facility (one SGE)
  • Administrator Selections (up to two SGE appointments)

All appointments are for three-year terms beginning in September 2018. Applications must be received on or before March 18, 2018.

Detailed instructions on how to apply can be found at:  and in the forthcoming  Federal Register  notice.


Stay Safe If You Get Stranded

Learn what to do to stay safe in your vehicle should severe winter weather strand you on the roadside.

The National Weather Service offers the following ways to stay safe, warm, and visible.  

Stay in the Vehicle:

  • Disorientation may occur in wind driven snow and cold if you venture outside of your vehicle.
  • Run the motor about 10 minutes each hour for heat.
  • While running the motor, open the window a little for fresh air to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Clear snow from the exhaust pipe to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Be Visible to Rescuers:

  • Turn on the dome light at night when running the engine.
  • Tie a bright colored cloth, preferably red, to your antenna or door.
  • After snow stops falling, raise the hood to indicate you need help.

For more winter safety tips, check out the How to Prepare for a Winter Storm Guide .


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