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.

Participate in Earth EX, National Night Out and NPM 2018

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35 Years of National Night Out

Get involved with your community by participating in the 35th annual National Night Out .

Communities all across the country will hold events on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Neighborhoods will host block parties, festivals, and parades. The campaign brings police and neighbors together. It serves as an effort to build a stronger community.

Make your neighborhood stronger by helping it prepare for a disaster. Attend your local National Night Out event. While there, find out how to join a local program like:

Visit for more ways to help your neighborhood. 


Participate in Earth EX 2018 – An All-Sector Worldwide Exercise

Earth EX invites you to take part in the first worldwide severe power outage exercise.

Anyone, any group, or any nation can join this exercise. It requires no preparation. It costs nothing. It works in any time zone and you can begin anytime on August 22.

This event gives organizations a chance to test executive and operational decisions. It will help individuals, families, and community groups with basic preparations and planning.

Take the time to learn, share information, and improve your plans.

Learn more or register for Earth EX 2018 at:


Prepare Now for National Preparedness Month 2018

Get ready for National Preparedness Month (NPM) in September. You can use the month to focus on your preparedness efforts for disasters and emergencies that affect where you live, work, and visit.

The 2018 theme is “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” The NPM social media toolkit provides graphics, hashtags, and content that can be customized to your needs. In addition to the theme for the month, the weekly themes highlight different preparedness actions.

Help promote preparedness this September with NPM's web content and weekly themes:

  • September 1-8: Make and Practice Your Plan
  • September 9-15: Learn Life Saving Skills
  • September 15: National Day of Action
  • September 16-22: Check Your Insurance Coverage
  • September 23-29: Save For an Emergency

Visit for all the NPM materials.


Include People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs in Your Emergency Plan

Last week marked the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act . Make sure your emergency plan covers all the needs of you, your family, or those in your community. 

Medical facilities or drugstores may not be open in a hurricane, snowstorm, or other disasters. Include enough supplies for at least three days. The Ready Campaign offers many tips to plan for the needs of people with disabilities:

  • Create a support network. Keep a contact list in a watertight container in your emergency kit .
  • Contact your city or county emergency management office. There may be local resources to help you prepare.
  • Plan for your transportation if you need help evacuating, or getting to a medical clinic.
  • Talk to your health-care provider about how to prepare for a power outage if you use electric medical devices.
  • Plan how you will communicate with others if you have a communication disability.
  • Wear medical alert tags.
  • Plan how you will evacuate with any assistive devices. Make a list of the style and the serial number of any of these devices in case they become lost or damaged.
  • Store extra eyeglasses and hearing-aid batteries with your supply items.
  • Keep at least a week's supply of prescription medicines. Make a list of all medications their dosage, and any allergies.
  • Include copies of medical insurance and Medicare cards in your emergency kit.
  • Create a supply kit for any pets and service animals .

Visit's Individuals with Disabilities page, or watch FEMA's Ready Campaign video, " We Prepare Every Day ," for more great tips.


Webinar: Pets - Providing Comfort, Sheltering, and Preparedness

On Wednesday, August 15 , the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Region 2, and Individual and Community Preparedness Division will hold a pet preparedness and response webinar. Sign up to learn how therapy dogs can meet the needs of disaster survivors. Join in to talk about advances in pet housing at evacuation shelters. Log on for resources and steps to help owners prepare their pet or service animal.     

Title: Webinar: Pets - Providing Comfort, Sheltering, and Preparedness

Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Time: 1 – 2 p.m. ET

This webinar will feature the following presenters:      

  • Janice Campbell, Tri State Canine Response Emergency Management
  • Michael Oppegaard, Monmouth County, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
  • Richard Green, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Deborah Costa, FEMA Region 2

How to Join the Webinar:

We hope that you will join us on Wednesday, August 15! 


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