Special eBrief

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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Get Ready During National Hurricane Preparedness Week

The 2018 Hurricane season begins soon. Taking a few minutes to prepare for a storm is a great way to be ready.

According to FEMA's 2016 National Household Survey, more than half of families living where hurricanes occur have a plan for communicating during a storm.  This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 6-12). Create an emergency plan. Make sure you receive emergency alerts. Learn how and where to evacuate. Visit to learn hurricane terms and more ways to prepare.

Find additional resources below:

Remember, Pacific hurricane season begins May 15. Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. Help promote hurricane preparedness with this digital toolkit .


Give Your Pet a Preparedness Gift for National Pet Week

Remember to include your pet in your emergency plans. During National Pet Week (May 6-12), ensure your pets are prepared when severe weather or other disasters hit.

The Ready Campaign offers some considerations to plan for your animals in an emergency. Plan ahead for everything you need to care for your pet now.

Actions you can take include:

  • Ensure your pet has a legible ID at all times. This includes making sure tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet's collar. Microchipping your pet is painless and can ensure information is available even if a collar is lost.
  • Keep a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
  • Prepare a pet emergency kit. Download this pet owner's fact sheet  for a full list of items to include in your pet's kit including food and medication.
  • Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets.  Find pet friendly hotels and motels along your evacuation route well in advance of traveling.
  • Have a secure pet carrier, leash, or harness for your pet, so they do not escape if they get scared.

Learn more about preparing your pets at


Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses

Special tax laws may help taxpayers and businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster. This is especially true when the federal government declares their location to be a disaster area. Depending on the circumstances, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may grant more time to file returns and pay taxes. Both individuals and businesses in a federally declared disaster area can get a faster refund. This can be done by claiming losses related to the disaster on the tax return for the previous year, and filing an amended return.

Taxpayers affected by a federally declared disaster can speak with an IRS specialist trained in disaster issues. To do this, call 866-562-5227.

Please visit to learn more. Publication 3067 – “IRS Disaster Assistance” (near the bottom of the page) is provided in several languages.


Webinar - DHS Resources for Building Cybersecurity Resilience, Capacity, and Capability

Sign up today for a webinar to help you guard against online threats.

On May 14, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 2 and the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division will host a cybersecurity webinar. You will learn about the latest programs, services, and tools to help fight online threats. You will get tips from experts and learn their best practices. Lastly, you will have a chance to ask the speakers questions.

Title: Webinar - DHS Resources for Building Cybersecurity Resilience, Capacity, and Capability

Date: Monday, May 14, 2018

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

This webinar features the following presenters:             

  • Richard S. Richard Jr., Cybersecurity Advisor, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, DHS Region 2
  • Mark Strohoefer, Emergency Management Specialist, FEMA Region 2

How to Join the Webinar:

We hope that you will be able to join us on Monday, May 14!


Webinar - Supporting the Emotional Well-being of First Responders, Emergency Managers, and Disaster Relief Personnel

The emotional health of emergency responders, managers, and relief personnel is essential. Disasters may take a toll on even the most experienced professional.

In support of Mental Health Month, this webinar on May 15 at 1 p.m. ET will give you ways to support those who respond to and help others recover from a disaster. This webinar cannot replace professional medical advice. It will offer tips on mental and emotional health. 

Title: Webinar - Supporting the Emotional Well-being of First Responders, Emergency Managers, and Disaster Relief Personnel

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

Presenter Organizations include:

  • New Brunswick Theological Seminary
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
  • National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration

How to Join the Webinar:

We hope that you will be able to join us on May 15!


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