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Community Discussion: Preparing Individuals Disproportionately Impacted by Disasters Webinar

Monday, November 9th, 2015

From the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

“Various populations throughout the nation are disproportionately impacted during an emergency due to risk factors related to language, cultural isolation, immigration status and national identity. On Monday, November 23, 2015 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division will host a webinar focused on engaging the public on nationwide disaster preparedness and resilience efforts serving these various populations.”

Title: Community Discussion: Preparing Individuals Disproportionately Impacted by Disasters

Date: Monday, November 23, 2015

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

For more information and to register:

Stop the Bleed: New campaign from the Department of Homeland Security

Monday, October 19th, 2015

From the Department of Homeland Security:

“No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene.  A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss.

‘Stop the Bleed’ is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.”

The campaign includes First Aid instructions for managing bleeding at the scene of an accident.

Stop the Bleed:

HHS launches resources system to improve disaster preparedness

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

“Health and emergency preparedness professionals now have access to the nation’s first and most comprehensive system of resources designed specifically to help communities better prepare for and manage the health impacts of disasters.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) features resource materials, a help line, just-in-time suggestions and tools to share information gleaned from real-life experiences in preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters.”

Full announcement:


After a Flood: Safety Resources

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The Southeastern United States has been hit with historic flooding. The following provide guidance for returning to flooded homes.

Repairing Your Flooded Home (Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross) PDF

After a Flood (Centers for Disease Control) –


Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency?

Friday, September 25th, 2015 has information on preparing for emergencies and making a family plan, making an emergency supply kit and learning what to do in different types of emergencies. Learn more about how to prepare:


September is National Preparedness Month

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The 2015 National Preparedness Month (NPM) theme is: Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

This year FEMA is asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets.  Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. We ask everyone to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day, which ends National Preparedness Month on September 30.

There is a NPM Digital Engagement Toolkit and NPM graphics to help you promote activities and awareness for the month.

10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Resources to help those experiencing anniversaries of disasters

From SAMHSA: “Anniversaries of disasters may also be hard for survivors, who may experience some of the same reactions they did around the time of the disaster itself. For those who experience intense reactions, preparing ahead of time and knowing what to expect may be helpful.”


SAMHSA has resources related to Hurricane Katrina and disaster anniversaries that may be helpful to behavior specialists, public health workers, consumers and others in your community who may need support.


Wildfires: Protect Yourself

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Wildfires are affecting residents in the Western United States. The Centers for Disease Control has resources for protecting your home and family before, during and after a wildfire, including a reproducible infographic.

Wildfires (CDC):

Redesigned America’s PrepareAthon! website

Friday, August 7th, 2015

The redesigned America’s PrepareAthon! website is now available, featuring a a bold new look and some exciting new additions! Now, it’s easier than ever to find disaster preparedness resources, add your preparedness activities to the website, and learn how to prepare your community for hazards. There is also a stories section that highlights exciting preparedness activities happening around the country. Also, all registered PrepareAthon! activities for the year are now featured on an interactive map, so you can quickly view or search for preparedness events nationwide.

America’s PrepareAthon!:

New American Red Cross Emergency app

Friday, August 7th, 2015

The American Red Cross Emergency app is the one-download resource that puts vital information at your fingertips. This “all-inclusive” app combines more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts from natural to man-made, giving you real-time information to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

The Emergency app is highly customizable and informative. Choose the alerts that are important to your location. Monitor activity across the country to know when incidents are about to occur in the locations of your family and friends. Activate “Family Safe” to notify loved ones that an alert has been issued in their area and check to see if they are safe. Access vital information on what to do before, during and after an emergency strikes. Whether it’s a hurricane or earthquake, heat wave, blizzard or more, Emergency keeps you in the know and prepared to respond.

American Red Cross Emergency app: (Android and iOS)