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.

Prepare Your Pet and Promote Life Saving Skills

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Prepare Your Pet this National Pet Preparedness Month

National Pet Preparedness Month is in June. Pets cannot plan for themselves. Use the month to make a plan for your pet's safety.

If you need to evacuate your home for any reason, do not forget your pet. The Ready Campaign offers guidance and tips to:

  • Make a pet emergency plan.
  • Prepare to shelter with your pet.
  • Protect your pet during and after a disaster.
  • Care for large animals.

Learn more about how to prepare your pets for emergencies at . Help spread the word about National Pet Preparedness Month via your social networks by using the Pet Preparedness Social Media Toolkit .    


Help Promote Preparedness Life Saving Skills

As severe weather like floods and hurricanes draws near, promote life saving skills. We make it easy with our new Life Saving Skills Social Media Toolkit.  Use it and share it with your followers today .

You can share messages from the Toolkit on your social media channels. We also encourage you to customize the message to reach your audience best. This Toolkit contains preparedness messages to help protect individuals, families, and homes. There are also graphics that can fit a variety of messages in the Toolkit.

Begin using the Life Saving Skills Toolkit  today.  


Chatham County Teaches Residents How to Help Until Help Arrives

The 2017 hurricane season brought severe weather to Chatham County, GA. It left many residents asking, “What can we do to help?”

The You Are the Help Until Help Arrives training became the answer. The Chatham County Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) held its first class in November 2017. They have taught a morning and a night class each month since.

The CEMA also plans to offer the training in Spanish and American Sign Language by September 2018.

Read the full Chatham County article to learn more.


Survivor Story: Jeff Baugh and his Family Recover after Hurricane Harvey

Jeff Baugh had just brought his newborn daughter home when Hurricane Harvey hit. After the storm, flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) allowed his family to get back to their home and back to their lives more quickly.

“Nobody ever thinks it is going to be their house,” Baugh said. “You always hope for the best and prepare for the worst, which makes flood insurance a non-question. It's imperative to have it to protect your property.”

Watch this Survivor Story video to learn how fast, easy, and important the NFIP was to the Baugh family. Flood insurance is sold separately and is typically not a part of a homeowner's insurance policy.  It also takes 30 days from purchase before a flood insurance policy is effective.  Learn more about flood insurance by visiting


Webinar - Life Saving Skills: Simple, Low-cost Activities for Individual and Community Preparedness

Join  the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Individual and Community Preparedness Division to learn about new Life Saving Skills messages and graphics. These new resources cover simple, low, and no-cost preparedness actions. This webinar will introduce the new resources and show how you can help people improve household safety, as well as financial, and emergency preparedness. 

Title: Webinar - Life Saving Skills: Simple, Low-cost Activities for Individual and Community Preparedness

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

How to Join the Webinar:

We hope that you will be able to join us on Wednesday, June 20!


Webinar - Community Conversation: How to Prepare for Cyber Threats

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 2 and the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division would like to invite you to a webinar on cyber threats. The speaker will be Matthew Kovner, who is the Senior Intelligence Analyst from the North East Region of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This event will highlight the promising practices you can use to stay safe.

Title: Webinar - Community Conversation: How to Prepare for Cyber Threats

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

How to Join the Webinar:

We hope that you will be able to join us on Thursday, June 21!         


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