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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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Heat Safety for Vehicles

Learn how the temperature outside may affect the temperature inside your vehicle.

With the summer months upon us, now is the time to learn about the dangers of heatstroke and being trapped in a hot car. Heatstroke is dangerous and can be deadly.

Never leave children, pets, or older adults unattended in a parked car.

Use the following life saving tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remind yourself and others to check the back seat before walking away from a vehicle. Children mistakenly being left in hot vehicles make up many of the tragedies reported each year.

  • Look Before You Lock.  Get into the routine of always checking the back seat of your vehicle before you lock it and walk away.
  • A Gentle Reminder.  Keep a stuffed animal or another memento in your child's car seat when it is empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat. Alternatively, place your phone, briefcase, or purse in the back seat when traveling with your child.
  • A Routine Check. If someone else is driving your child, or you alter your daily routine, always check to make sure your child has arrived safely.
  • A Key to Safety.  You know to keep your vehicle locked, but also keep your keys out of reach; nearly 3 in 10 heatstroke deaths happen when an unattended child gains access to a vehicle.

Learn more extreme heat preparedness at . If you would like to help spread the word about extreme heat safety, you can visit the Extreme Heat Social Media Toolkit for resources. Download the FEMA App for heat advisories and safety tips.


FEMA Releases Guide to Engaging Faith-Based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers

Today, FEMA released the guide on Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers. Faith-based and community organizations offer a wide variety of human and material resources that can prove invaluable during and after an incident.

This guide provides a methodology for emergency managers to engage with faith-based and community organizations in enhancing the resiliency of our nation. By identifying, engaging, and building partnerships with these groups, particularly those in racially, ethnically, economically, and religiously diverse communities, emergency managers can provide training and technical assistance to strengthen their skills, connect them with existing partners, and then integrate them into emergency management plans and exercises before an event occurs thus increasing response and recovery capability.

This document also provides lists of resources available to help build relationships between emergency management and faith-based and community organizations.

To download a copy of Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers, visit .


AARP Teams Up with FEMA on a Hurricane Tabletop Exercise

O n May 2, AARP joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the 2018 National Level Exercise (NLE). FEMA leads an NLE every two years. This year, AARP used the NLE to test the group's new disaster plans. The hurricane scenario allowed AARP to work through how they would prepare, respond, and, recover. FEMA staff were on hand to lead the discussion and answer questions.

To learn more about the AARP tabletop exercise , read the full article . For more on NLE 2018, visit .


Survivor Story: Rupi Prasad Rebuilds her Retirement Property after Hurricane Harvey

Rupi Prasad purchased flood insurance for peace of mind during her retirement years. With help from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), she is rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey flooded her home with 20 inches of water.

“Having flood insurance,” Prasad said, “meant having one thing less to worry about.”

Watch this Survivor Story video to learn how flooding impacted Prasad's home. For more information on flood insurance, visit


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 more about the new Life Saving Skills Toolkit . These new resources include eight graphics and social media posts. It covers simple, low, and no-cost actions. These actions seek to 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:

Review the  Life Saving Skills Toolkit  and begin using it today.  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.  Matthew Kovner, Senior Intelligence Analyst from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will speak about best 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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