Emergency Management News

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How to Prepare for an Active Shooter Scenario

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An active shooter incident is a situation in which people in a confined or populated area are threatened with deadly violence. Incidents can happen anywhere and at any time. The best way to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe is to prepare ahead of time.

Taking a few steps now and mentally rehearsing what to do can help you react quickly when every second counts.

To help you prepare, review the Prepareathon How to Prepare for an Active Shooter Scenario Guide that outlines steps you can take before, during, and after an active shooter incident.

The guide also includes:

To learn more about preparing for an active shooter incident, read  this story featuring Augustana College in Rock Island, IL where 1,700 students, 150 staff members, and 34 local agencies, organizations, and public safety departments participated in a full-scale active shooter exercise.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Are Your Finances Ready for a Disaster?

Emergency Financial First Aid KitBuilding emergency supply kits, developing emergency plans, and participating in disaster drills are important emergency preparedness activities. Another important part of being prepared includes being financially ready before an emergency happens? 

April is Financial Literacy Month, which serves as an effort to teach Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. This includes knowing what to do if you are impacted by a disaster.

“Just a couple of months ago a tornado hit about five miles from my home,” said Rod Griffin during Prepareathon’s Financial Preparedness Periscope.  “And, one of things we saw was that personal documents end up in the wind, literally.” Rod works for Experian, a company which performs as a credit bureau.

The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK), a joint publication fromOperation Hope and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, contains information for you to prepare now for a financial emergency. It includes guidance on having adequate insurance, a plan to pay your bills, and accessing your important records  as well as information on establishing accounts to help you get back on your feet faster.

Share with us on social media when you complete your EFFAK by posting, “I’ve completed my Emergency Financial First Aid Kit and you should too!”http://bit.ly/finprep #Prepareathon #FLM2017

Financial Preparedness Resources
·         The EFFAK in EnglishSpanish, and a reader enabled English version that is fillable online. (2015 version)
·         An EFFAK overview slide presentation in English and Spanish.
·         EFFAK checklists and forms in standard and reader enabled/fillable versions.
·         Find out how ready you are with the Disaster Financial Recovery Score from Operation Hope.

Financial preparedness is one of the many ways to participate in Prepareathon (formerly America’s PrepareAthon!), a grassroots, community-based campaign for action to get families, organizations, and entire communities better prepared for emergencies. 

As part of the Prepareathon campaign, we invite you to register your preparedness action at www.ready.gov/prepare.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Opening Soon: The 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Application Period

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Did you or your organization make a difference to advance disaster preparedness in your community? The time is near for submitting applications for the 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards.

Since 2009, these awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward strengthening their community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster.

To learn more about the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards, visit http://www.ready.gov/preparedness-awards.You can also view profiles of past award winners to find out about their outstanding achievements.