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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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Learn Life Saving Skills during National Preparedness Month

Be ready to act in an emergency. Learn life saving skills .

The second week of National Preparedness Month (NPM) 2018 begins on Sunday, September 9. Each week NPM focuses on a different action.

The theme for September 9-15 is, “Learn Life Saving Skills.” Learn the skills and gain the confidence to help until professional help arrives. Make sure you know how to keep your home safe with the following steps from the Ready Campaign:

Take action this September to prepare your family, organization, or community. Register your preparedness activity and participate in the National Day of Action on September 15.

You can find more resources including the NPM social media toolkit at .


FEMA's Nationwide EAS and WEA Test

Do not be alarmed by the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system test .

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a nationwide EAS and WEA test on September 20 to assess national warning capabilities. The test includes radio, television, cable stations, and compatible cell phones. It will start around 2:18 p.m. ET. This will be the first nationwide WEA test, and it will use the Presidential Alerts category.

Talk to your family about the test so no one is alarmed. Use this opportunity to make a family communication plan. Then, put your plan to the test. Follow these steps:

  • Fill out a Family Communication Plan .
  • Make sure your family knows the plan.
  • Use your plan to ensure your family received the WEA and EAS test on September 20.

Visit to learn more about creating a plan. 


Emergency Management Institute Hosts Training E-Forums in September

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) hosts “One Link, One Bridge, Many Voices”  e-Forums every Wednesday from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET. EMI e-Forums are one-hour, moderated webinar panel discussions. Throughout the hour, EMI and the emergency management community discuss national preparedness and emergency management with whole-community partners and peers. Through these forums, participants can share their experiences in an informal exchange of ideas.

EMI e-Forums are free of charge and available to anyone who wishes to participate.

September EMI e-Forums:

  • 9/12: Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Test Sept. 20
  • 9/19 : Hispanic and Latino Americans in Emergency Management

Participation link:
Conference call-in: 800-320-4330, PIN 107622


Support the 9/11 Day of Service

Turn 9/11 into a day of good deeds.

Join the more than 30 million people taking part in the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. calls it the largest day of charitable activity in the United States.

Encourage your family, your community, your organization, your employees, or your students to do something good with these resources:

Visit to learn more. Find other volunteer opportunities at or join your local Community Emergency Response Team


Webinar: Make a Difference in Your Community and Join a Neighborhood Emergency Response Organization

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 2 and the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) invite you to a webinar. On Tuesday, September 18, learn how to make a difference in your community by joining a local emergency response organization. This webinar will highlight what many organizations are doing. It will also offer ways you can get involved.

Title:  Make a Difference in Your Community and Join a Neighborhood Emergency Response Organization

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. ET

This webinar will feature the following presenters:                                  

  • Meredith Martin, Senior Emergency Planner, Assistant CERT Coordinator, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
  • Ahjeetha Shankar, Teen CERT Member
  • Kristen Lepore, Health and Human Services Region II Liaison, Medical Reserve Corps Program
  • Marshall Mabry, FEMA Region 2

How to Join the Webinar:

We hope that you will join us on Tuesday, September 18! 


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