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.

Tips to Grill Safely, Stay Cool, and Travel Safe

DHS -FEMA - Special eBrief

Be heard…Email comments or suggestions to us at


Travel Safely during Hurricane Season

Summer vacations take a lot of planning and packing. If you travel to a hurricane-prone area, make sure you plan for a possible storm.

Whether taking a road trip or traveling abroad, stay safe with resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State , the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Find out the hurricane risk of your destination. Then, follow tips from the Ready Campaign:

  • Create a Communication Plan to stay in contact with friends and family.
  • Download the FEMA App for weather alerts and safety tips.
  • When packing for a plane, train, or bus, consider a small emergency kit with a flashlight, batteries, and a spare USB power bank.
  • Stock your trunk with emergency items for a road trip.
  • If you travel with a pet, include some pet supplies .

To learn more, visit


Fire Up the Grill Safely This Summer

If you plan to barbecue this Memorial Day or anytime this summer, keep yourself, children, pets, and property safe.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends the following tips for preventing burns and controlling the flames while you grill outside:

  • Only use your grill outside. Keep it away from siding and deck rails.
  • Wear short sleeves or roll them up when cooking on the grill.
  • Open your gas grill before lighting.
  • Use long-handled barbecue tools.
  • Keep a three-foot safe zone around grills, fire pits, and campfires. This will help keep kids and pets safe.
  • Never leave your grill, fire pit, or patio torches unattended.
  • Clean your grill after each use. This will remove grease that can start a fire.
  • Place the coals on your grill in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled.

For more information on first aid for burns or fire prevention during the summer months, visit the USFA Summer Fire Safety page .


7 Steps to Prepare Your Home for Summer

As summer approaches, now is a great time to prepare your home for warmer weather and beat the heat with a cool house.

Extreme heat may affect your health or the health of those around you. Learn ways to reduce the heat in your home. The Ready Campaign recommends the following measures to keep your home cool this summer:

  • Check to see if your home's cooling system is working properly.
  • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside.
  • Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary.
  • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
  • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. (Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.)
  • Keep storm windows up all year.

Find more information on extreme heat preparedness at .


Webinar - NFIP Hurricane Season Campaign Overview for Regional Stakeholders

Join the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Customer-Centered Communications Team to learn about new 2018 hurricane season marketing activities. This webinar will highlight the outreach campaign, set to launch in June, to heighten consumers' awareness about the importance of purchasing flood insurance to protect homes, businesses, and the lives they have built.

Learn about the innovative marketing activities, gain tools, tactics, including key messaging, and easy-to-use earned and social media materials, to help residents understand the importance of preparing for hurricane season now with flood insurance.

Title: Webinar - NFIP Hurricane Season Campaign Overview for Regional Stakeholders

Date: Thursday, June 7

Time:   3:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET

How to Join the Webinar:

We hope to that you will be able to join us on June 7!


Important Dates to Remember


Disclaimer: The reader recognizes that the federal government provides links and informational data on various disaster preparedness resources and events and does not endorse any non-federal events, entities, organizations, services or products. Please let us know about other events and services for individual and community preparedness that could be included in future newsletters by contacting:

About FEMA

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Follow FEMA online at,,, and Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.