Emergency Management News

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2014 National Preparedness Report Now Available #NPM14 AltusOK #OKready

FEMA has released the 2014 National Preparedness Report (NPR). The NPR is an annual status report on the nation's progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation established in the Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness.
The NPR identifies areas of sustainment and progress made across 31 core capabilities towards building a secure and resilient nation while identifying opportunities for improvement. Key overarching findings from the 2014 NPR include:
·        Embracing a new approach to disaster recovery: Major events, such as Hurricane Sandy and the severe 2012-2013 drought, have served as catalysts for change in national preparedness programs, drawing clearer links between post-disaster recovery and pre-disaster mitigation activities.
·        Launching major national initiatives: The Federal Government has initiated several national-level policy and planning initiatives that bring unity of effort to preparedness areas, including critical infrastructure security and resilience, cybersecurity, recovery capabilities, and climate change.
·        Managing resource uncertainties: Budget uncertainties have created preparedness challenges at state and local levels of government, resulting in increased ingenuity, emphasis on preparedness innovations, and whole community engagement.
·        Partnering with tribal nations: Tribal partners are now more systematically integrated into preparedness activities. However, opportunities remain for Federal agencies and tribal nations to increase engagement and expand training opportunities on relevant policies.
For a copy of the full report go to: www.fema.gov/national-preparedness-report .

As this NPR indicates, as a nation we can continue to become better prepared. One way to do this is by registering for the America’s PrepareAthon! campaign and participating on September 30—National PrepareAthon! Day. Learn more about America’s PrepareAthon! atwww.ready.gov/prepare.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Congratulations @Do1Thingus for #NatlPrep award

2014 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award Winners

FEMA has announced the winners of the 2014 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. The Awards recognize individuals who have taken action to prepare their communities. This year, FEMA asked applicants to highlight accomplishments took place between January 1, 2013 and May 30, 2014.
“Strong emergency management requires teamwork, community engagement, innovation, and strong relationships at all levels before disasters occur,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “This year, we recognize individuals and organizations that exemplify this approach, and I congratulate them on their dedication to make our nation stronger and safer.”
Award winners will attend a ceremony in their honor in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, September 9. During the event, several recipients will have the opportunity to share their perspectives, insights, experiences, success stories, and lessons learned with emergency management leadership. A live broadcast of the ceremony will begin at 10:40 AM EST atwww.whitehouse.gov/live.
A complete list of the recipients and the honorable mentions for each category is available at: http://www.ready.gov/citizen-corps/citizen-corps-awards. Award recipients by category are as follows:
  • Outstanding State Citizen Corps Council Initiatives: Delaware State Citizen Corps Council
  • Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Initiatives: MOCERT1
  • Outstanding Local Citizen Corps Council Initiatives: Albany County Citizen Corps
  • Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness: The Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative  (MyPI)
  • Community Preparedness Heroes: Lieutenant Brian K. Rand and the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP)
  • Awareness to Action: Do 1 Thing
  • Fourth Annual Recipient of the John D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness Award: Smyrna Emergency Management Agency and New York City Office of Emergency Management’s Ready New York for Seniors Program
  • Survivor Empowerment and Integration: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management
  • Technical Innovation: Partnerships in Assistive Technologies (PATHS, Inc)  
Congratulations to all the award recipients and honorable mentions! You continue to make your communities and the Nation proud! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Watch Your Water Waste Outside #OKdrought #SPdrought #AltusOK

With a hot summer on the rise, drought has gotten even worse for many of the states on the West Coast, especially California. Even if your community is not directly impacted by a drought, it can still impact you in other ways, such as an increase in the cost of produce.
Conservation of water is absolutely imperative to combat the effects of a drought. As much as 50 percent of the water used outside our homes is wasted. The majority of our misuse of water comes from lawn maintenance and upkeep of our cars.
There are preventative measures you can take to reduce your water waste outside of the home.  Follow these tips and you will be well on your way:
  • Inspect your sprinkler system for clogged, broken or missing pieces. Consult a professional for more serious issues.
  • Select a proper watering schedule for your sprinkler system.
  • Check for local mandated water restrictions to help ensure there is enough water for necessary uses.
  • Raise the lawn mower blade. A higher cut encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system, and holds soil moisture. 
  • If you wash your own car, use a shut-off nozzle that can be adjusted.
For more tips and resources, visit ready.gov/drought and stay tuned! In next week’s e-Brief we will explore how to conserve water inside the home!

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