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.

Have a Plan for Hurricanes; Life Saving Skills; and Two Steps to Save a Life

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Have a Plan for Hurricane Season

Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. Based on FEMA's 2016 National Household Survey, more than half of families living where hurricanes occur have a plan to stay in contact. Make sure you create a family emergency communication plan before the next storm.

Knowing where loved ones are and how to get in touch in the event of an emergency will give you peace of mind. Visit for tips, tools, and resources to help you prepare.

Planning starts with these three steps:

  1. Collect  – Create a paper copy of the contact information for your family. Collect the contact information of other important people and places, such as doctors, insurance companies, or schools.
  2. Share  – Make sure everyone carries a copy. If you complete your plan online at , you can print it as a wallet-sized card. Also, post a copy in a central location in your home, such as your refrigerator or family bulletin board.
  3. Practice  – Bring your family together to review and practice your plan every few months. 

Watch this video  to learn more about preparing for a hurricane. Click to download the How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide .


Share and Practice Life Saving Skills

Learn more about low and no-cost preparedness actions with our new Life Saving Skills resources.

The Life Saving Skills Social Media Toolkit contains messages to help protect individuals, families, and homes. You can reach your audience by using and customizing these messages on your social media channels.

Share the social media content and graphics to promote life saving skills like:

  • Knowing basic home maintenance to protect your family and home;
  • Talking to your landlord or building manager about evacuation routes and fire safety; 
  • Reducing common electrical and fire hazards around your house and property;
  • Placing smoke, carbon monoxide, and natural gas alarms on every level of your home;
  • Developing a plan and discussing it with your family;
  • Having supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car; and
  • Teaching children what to do when they hear a smoke alarm.

For more information, visit the Life Saving Skills Toolkit


CPR and AED Awareness Week

From June 1-7, find some time to learn how to save a life. Those seven days make up National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Week .

The American Heart Association (AHA) says that Hands-Only CPR can work as well as CPR. It can double or even triple a person's chance of survival.

Visit to watch the video for detailed instructions. Use the hashtag #CPRsaveslives throughout the week.

Please note the AHA still recommends CPR with compressions and breaths for infants and children. They also recommend it for victims of drowning, drug overdose, or people who collapse due to breathing problems.

Visit the American Red Cross or the AHA websites to find a CPR class near you.


You are the Help Until Help Arrives Reaches Milestone with 100K Participants

When accidents and injuries happen, the actions of people nearby can make all the difference. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and partners developed the You are the Help Until Help Arrives  (Until Help Arrives) program to train people in the skills needed to provide lifesaving care before the arrival of professional first responders.

Until Help Arrives recently reached an important milestone on the road to building a Culture of Preparedness. FEMA estimates the 100,000th individual completed the Until Help Arrives online or classroom training last week. All Until Help Arrives participants learn the right steps to take in an emergency: call 9-1-1, stay safe, protect the injured from harm, stop bleeding, position the injured, and provide comfort.

FEMA aims to empower every American to prepare for, protect against, and respond to disasters. Partners across the nation can help achieve this goal by offering Until Help Arrives and other preparedness initiatives to their stakeholders. To learn more about the steps people should take to help someone with life-threatening injuries, visit . There you will find:

  • An interactive, animated video
  • A 25-minute online, self-guided training
  • A downloadable instructor guide and student tools for in-person trainings

You can also explore more pages on to learn about FEMA's other programs, like Prepareathon , Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Youth Preparedness .

You are the Help Until Help Arrives is a partnership between FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD), the U.S. Department of Health and Hu­man Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response ( ASPR ), the Medical Reserve Corps ( MRC ), and the Uniformed Services University's ( USU ) National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health ( NCDMPH ). 


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!


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