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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Prepare for Your Financial Future

Along with plans, supplies, and drills, you need to prepare your wallet for a disaster.

National Financial Capability Month ended on April 30.  However, that doesn't mean you should stop preparing! Continue to prepare for your financial future with the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) .

The EFFAK can help you collect and organize key financial, medical, and household information.  The EFFAK also provides tips and resources to help you plan for big and small emergencies.

You can get the EFFAK for free. Call 1-800-480-2520 and ask for publication number 1075. It is also available as a free download online at or at .

Learn more about financial preparedness at or


Put Your Wildfire Preparedness on the Map

Participate in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day , Saturday, May 5. Find helpful tools and tips from the National Fire Protection Association  (NFPA) . Then, add your project to the event map

The NFPA provides several project ideas , such as removing dry leaves and downed tree limbs from your property or distributing wildfire safety information in your neighborhood.  Wildfires can occur anywhere; participation in these activities is an important step toward protecting your property and community from a wildfire emergency.

Develop a 2018 National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day activity with these resources:

To learn more about wildfires, visit the U.S. Fire Administration Wildfire Safety page or download the How to Prepare for a Wildfire guide.


FEMA Presents Individual and Community Preparedness Awards

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently presented certificates to three 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awardees.

The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe of California, the Connecticut Citizen Corps Council, and Cindi Barker received their awards last week.

Blue Lake Rancheria  received the John D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness award. They worked with the American Red Cross to make the Blue Lake Casino and Event Center into a public shelter, where they installed backup “green” power. A grant from the Department of Homeland Security helped create a Resilience Training Center. The center offers disaster training and exercises.  Blue Lake Rancheria  also held a preparedness fair for the public.

The Connecticut Citizen Corps Council received the Outstanding Citizen Corps Council Award for transitioning into the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.  The change resulted in additional accountability, more stringent fiscal control systems, and greater efficiency and effectiveness . It oversees 84 Community Emergency Response Teams, 23 Medical Reserve Corps units, and a Fire Corps unit.

Cindi Barker received the Community Preparedness Champions Award. She developed a Communication HUB project for the City of Seattle. The HUBs provide meeting places for people to organize, strategize, and help one another in the event of a major earthquake.

For more information on the FEMA ICP Awards, visit . To learn more about the awardees, watch the videos on Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe of California, Connecticut Statewide Citizen Corps Council , and Cindi Barker .  We will feature profiles of each of these winners in upcoming eBriefs, so stay tuned!


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 coming 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)
  • Cheryl Nelson, TV Host, Broadcast Meteorologist, CBM and Natural Disaster Preparedness Spokesperson
  • 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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