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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Plan for Your Financial Future

Start planning for your financial future during National Financial Capability Month .

Learn about managing your money and creating a budget with this worksheet . Begin a Rainy Day Fund by saving a small amount of your monthly income.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury will focus on financial preparedness throughout April. Use #FinancialFuture2018 on social media to join the conversation online.

Participate in the events below to prepare for life's unexpected expenses:

  • April 11, 1 p.m. ET: Use #FinancialChat to join the National Financial Capability Month Twitter Chat with @Prepareathon. Learn and share ways to prepare for your financial future.  
  • April 18, 3 p.m. ET: Facebook Live - Improving Your Financial Future

Find out more by following #FinancialFuture2018 and visiting or .

Are you interested in spreading the word about financial preparedness within your community this April? Please visit to borrow sample messages and graphics.


Prepare for Severe Spring Weather

Spring brings warm thoughts of sunny days. It may also bring several forms of severe weather. This can include tornadoes, lightning, and floods. 

Prepare your family for spring weather with information from the National Weather Service . Learn how to prepare and respond to the most common hazards by clicking any of the links below:

Help spread the message of severe weather preparedness with the Severe Weather Safety Social Media Toolkit .


Ensuring Emergency Preparedness Planning is Inclusive: Serving Individuals with Disabilities and Access and Functional Needs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 2 and FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division invite you to join a webinar on Monday, April 9. The webinar features best practices for responding to individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs during disasters. This event will provide resources and information on disability awareness training, the Americans with Disabilities Act (specific to emergency management), inclusive planning, and the importance of an inclusive approach to community preparedness.

Title:  Ensuring Emergency Preparedness Planning is Inclusive: Serving Individuals with Disabilities and Access and Functional Needs

Date: Monday, April 9

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

This webinar will feature the following presenters:      

  • James Flemming, Disability Integration Specialist and Kathleen Madigan, Disability Integration Advisor, FEMA Region 2
  • David Whalen, Project Director, Niagara University
  • Kevin Niedermaeir, Director of the Livingston County, New York Office of Emergency Management

You can access the webinar in one of the following ways:

I. Audio and Visual

II. Audio Only

  • Call into 1-800-320-4330; PIN 265976#

We hope that you will be able to join us on Monday, April 9 at 12:00 pm ET for this free webinar!


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