Emergency Management News

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Celebrate Safely this Holiday Season

Keep candles 12 inches from things that can burn
Entertaining and celebrating with family and friends is what the holiday season is all about. 

This year, take some time to learn about potential fire hazards related to cooking, candles, decorations, electrical cords, and heating devices.

Keep your holiday parties safe with these U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) tips:
  • Test your smoke alarms and tell your guests about your home fire escape plan.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking at high temperatures like frying, grilling or broiling.
  • Ask people who smoke to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them, so young children do not touch them.
  • Keep doorways and exit paths clear of furniture and decorations.

Find more holiday and fire safety information on the USFA Holiday Safety page.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Building a Roadmap to Resilience – A Whole Community Training

Put your community on the road to resilience with the Building a Roadmap to Resilience course (E426) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute. 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 community.
The course will be conducted January 16-18, 2017, 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 steven.krska@fema.dhs.gov. Please visit training.fema.gov to learn about additional FEMA training and education opportunities management and community preparedness.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Dress Warmly This Winter

Dressing for the Cold Weather Graphic

Remember to stay vigilant of the cold temperatures brought on by winter for both you and your loved ones. Here are some tips on how to keep warm when venturing out in the cold:
  • Dress for winter weather by wearing several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. 
  • Wear mittens, if possible, which are warmer than gloves. 
  • Cover as much exposed areas of your body as possible. This includes wearing a hat and scarf, insulated and waterproof shoes and covering your mouth to protect your face from cold and windburn.  These tips can help to prevent loss of body heat.
Find more winter safety information in the America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Winter Storm guide.