Hurry! The period to submit an application to
become a member of FEMAs Youth Preparedness Council is drawing to a close. The
last day to submit an application is Tuesday,
The Youth Preparedness Council offers an opportunity
for youth leaders to serve on a distinguished national council and participate
in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit. During their two-year term, the
leaders will have the opportunity to complete a local-level project on their
own, national-level group project, and share their opinions, experiences,
ideas, solutions and questions regarding youth disaster preparedness with the
leadership of FEMA and national youth preparedness organizations.
Council activities and projects center around five
areas of engagement: programs, partnerships, events, public speaking/outreach,
and publishing. Members represent the youth perspective on emergency
preparedness and share information with their communities. They also meet with
FEMA on a regular basis to provide ongoing input on strategies, initiatives,
and projects throughout the duration of their term.
There are only a few days left before the
application period closes. Dont wait, apply today! You can find the instructions to apply
on FEMAs website.
In celebration of National African American History
Month, on Thursday, February 25, 2016, FEMAs Individual and Community
Preparedness Division invites you to a webinar focusing on engaging the public
on nationwide disaster preparedness and resilience efforts serving African
Title: National African American History Month: Preparing Communities Through Partnerships
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST
W. Craig Fugate, Administrator,
FEMA will provide opening
Linda Wilson, Chair, Delta
Emergency Response Task Force, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will discuss how service organizations such as fraternities and sororities
can support disaster preparedness and response.
Jacqueline Patterson, Director, Environmental and
Climate Justice Program, NAACP will discuss
what local civic organizations can do to increase preparedness.
Shamika Ossey, RN, BSN, PHN,
South LA Teen CERT, will discuss youth preparedness and disaster
How to Join the Webinar:
We hope that you will be able to join us on February
Hospitals and other medical facilities deal with urgent situations daily; however, their emergency preparedness capability is tested when there are mass casualties. To
help medical centers prepare for mass health and casualty emergencies, the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sponsored the development of the Hospital
Surge Evaluation Tool.
The tool focuses on
three areas to assist all staff, including emergency management, hospital
administrators, and clinical personnel to gauge their preparedness and ability to manage an increased patient load from the result of a major medical event. These areas are:
patients throughout the facility, especially the emergency department;
a Hospital Incident Command Center; and
with adequate staffing resources.
With the assistance of
tool, hospitals are able to conduct a realistic Functional Exercise (FE) that comes close to simulating a full-scale drill. From patient relocation planning, to securing space in the building, and ensuring effective communication between the emergency medical team and the supervisory response unit, the tool helps staff to effectively and realistically simulate patient care coordination.
More information on the Hospital
Surge Tool is available online.
On Thursday, March 10, FEMAs Individual and
Community Preparedness Division invites you to a webinar featuring several
local Community and Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs that developed creative methods to connect with their
communities. The webinar will focus on the rewarding and challenging work the
CERT programs do to increase awareness and conduct promotional activity.
Title: CERT Outreach and Promotion
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time: 3:004:30 p.m. EST
Tim Tutak, Farmington
Hills Emergency Preparedness Commission, MI
Kevin Mercier, Sturbridge
Ellen Seeley, Cape Coral
How to Join the Webinar:
hope to that you will be able to join us on March 10!
Are you helping family, friends, and community members protect
their health during disasters and every day? If so and youre between the
ages of 14 and 23, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants to learn about it!
Show how youre helping people bounce back from disasters with
their health intact. Enter the My
Preparedness Story" video challenge. Tap into your creative
side. Form a team if you want.
All you have to do is create a short video up to 60 seconds
showing how you help your family, friends, and community stay healthy during
disasters and every day. Your video could be used to help others learn
ways to prepare their communities better for disasters and emergencies.
There will be a grand prize award of $2,000, second prize award of $1,000 and
third prize award of $500.
Dont delay! Entries are due on Monday, March 28. Full
details about the contest, including submission guidelines and rules for
eligibility are available on the My
Preparedness Story website.
Disclaimer: The reader recognizes that the
federal government provides links and informational data on various disaster
preparedness resources and events and does not endorse any non-federal events,
entities, organizations, services or products. Please let us know about other events
and services for individual and community preparedness that could be included
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