your holidays happy with safe decorations.
to the U.S. Fire
Administration (USFA), December is the peak
time of year for home candle fires.
Be fire smart as you deck the halls for a festive holiday season with theseUSFA tips:
- Water Christmas trees every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch fire easily.
- Make sure Christmas trees are at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents. Also, make sure the tree does not block exits.
- Inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up. Throw away strands with frayed or pinched wires. Read the manufacturers instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
- Turn off all holiday lights before going to bed or leaving your home.
- Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
- If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where you can not knock them down.
- Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns. Never leave a burning candle alone in an empty room.
Find more holiday, Christmas tree, and fire safety information on the USFA Holiday Safety page.
Share ways to prepare for the holidays with your family, friends, and
The Ready Campaigns Holiday and Travel Safety
Social Media Toolkit provides preparedness information and graphics to help your
The main tips for holiday and travel safety include:
- Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.
- Keep candles away from flammable materials or consider using
flameless candles instead.
- Keep an eye on food when cooking.
- Turn off holiday lights at night.
- Keep your tree watered, do not let your holiday tree dry out.
- Shop securely online over the holidays.
For more tips, hashtags, promotional content, Twitter, and Facebook
messages, visit the Holiday and Travel Safety
The Building a Roadmap to Resilience course (E426) from the Federal Emergency
Management Agencys (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute provides insights on
how to create a community preparedness program. Participants will
develop a plan of implementation in their community, receive the tools and
knowledge to establish a community coalition, and learn to encourage local
leaders to augment resilience within the unique circumstances of their
The course will be conducted January 16-18, 2018, at the Emergency
Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland. This three-day course helps
communities build upon the Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management.
The target audience for this course includes community stakeholders
interested in disaster resilience, and emergency management professionals with
less than three years of experience who support or implement inclusive
emergency management, community disaster planning, preparedness activities, and
community outreach partners at the state and local levels. As a prerequisite,
students should have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of emergency
management and community preparedness.
To register for this course, please submit a completed General Admission
Application, FEMA Form 119-25-1 to your State Training Officer. For more information about
this course please contact Steven (Tyler) Krska at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit training.fema.gov to learn about additional
FEMA training and education opportunities management and community
Beginning December 1, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and
Citizen Corps website will be shut down for improvements.
The new website launches later in December with enhanced features and
functionality. The updates, which are in progress now, will make the site easier
to use. This new website will help your community be ready and stay prepared
for any emergency.
Website Transition and Launch
- Website functionality will not be available starting Friday,
- Updates and website transition takes place in December.
- New website launches in late December.
The new website still allows Citizen Corps and CERT programs to register
and update their program, submit annual surveys, and search for state and
Regional points of contact. To learn more, visit the Citizen Corps and CERT pages on Ready.gov. You can also email email@example.com or CERT@fema.dhs.gov.
On Tuesday, October 31, the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held a webinar to honor the
preparedness efforts of the 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness
(ICP) Award winners and learn about their programs.
Watch the webinar recording now to gather ideas, insights, and experiences from
other successful preparedness programs.
The FEMA ICP Awards
highlight innovative local practices and achievements of individuals,
communities, and organizations throughout the country that made outstanding
contributions to prepare their community.
A list of the FEMA ICP
Awards recipients and the honorable mentions for each category is available at www.ready.gov/awards.
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 in future newsletters by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.