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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Protect Your Financial Future

Floods  happen everywhere. However, homeowners and renters insurance do not typically cover flood damage.

We are in the third week of National Financial Capability Month . Talk to your insurance agent about coverage for your home and/or personal belongings, such as fire, wind, or flood insurance. If you already have coverage, talk to your agent about the amount of coverage, deductibles, and things you can do to potentially lower your premium.

Consider protecting the life you have built with flood insurance. You can purchase flood insurance through  the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). If your insurance agent does not sell flood insurance, contact the NFIP at 1-800-427-4661 to request an agent referral. Flood coverage takes effect 30 days after purchase, so call today.

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


Help Prevent Home Fires: Install a Smoke Detector

Join the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign next week as they begin holding Sound the Alarm events to install smoke detectors.

From April 28 through May 13, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its National Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Office, along with local fire departments across the country, will install smoke alarms for local Sound the Alarm events.

These fire safety events will occur in every state. Major events will take place in more than 100 communities nationwide. Moreover, this program offers local CERT programs the chance to attract and engage volunteers.

Consider volunteering or mobilizing your team for a local Sound the Alarm event. The Red Cross handles the training, logistics, communications, and liability. CERT programs can use this as a simple and easy way to engage their communities, make a real difference, and promote their efforts!

Joining is simple! Follow these steps to sign up as a Sound the Alarm volunteer:

  1. Go to .
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page. Enter your zip code to find a nearby event.
  3. Scroll down again. Click the region nearest you.
  4. Scroll down again to “Volunteer Opportunities.” Click the event that works for you. Then, fill out the short application.
  5. Be sure to type “CERT team/program name” in the Group/Organization field so FEMA can recognize your team.


Be Ready Financially: Resources to Help Individuals and Families with Financial Preparedness

In observance of National Financial Capability Month, the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) invites you to a webinar on Thursday, April 26. This webinar will provide financial tools and resources to use when working with families and individuals. The topics include steps to better prepare for and bounce back from unexpected events. This webinar will include various presenters from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other FLEC agencies.

Title: Be Ready Financially:  Resources to Help Individuals and Families with Financial Preparedness

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

How to Join the Webinar:

We hope you will join us on April 26!


Helping Your Community Get Ready for Hurricanes: Innovations from the Field

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins June 1. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Division invite you to participate in a hurricane preparedness webinar.

On Tuesday, May 8 , learn innovations in preparedness that you can implement in your own community. Participants will hear from local and national leaders. Attendees can engage one another in a conversation with the goal of building resilience for the 2018 hurricane season.

Title: Helping Your Community Get Ready for Hurricanes: Innovations from the Field

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Time: 2:30 – 3:30p.m. ET

This webinar will feature the following presenters:

  • Lauren Stienstra, HERricane Project Lead, Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management, Arlington County, VA
  • Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President and CEO, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH)
  • Marcus Coleman, Director (A), DHS Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, FEMA
  • Matthew Lyttle, Branch Chief, Partnership and Engagement, Individual and Community Preparedness Division, FEMA

How to Join the Webinar:

We hope that you will be able to join us on May 8!


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