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National Preparedness Month

  • FEMA Leads Whole Community Response Efforts For Hurricane Dorian

    • Hurricane Dorian continues advancing north and, this morning, the storm made landfall in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
    • North Carolina and Virginia are likely to experience continued severe weather with high winds, torrential rain and flash flooding throughout the day.
    • Remember: Stay out of floodwaters – Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
    • If you evacuated, do not try to return home until your local officials say it is safe to return.
    • FEMA is moving resources as the situation changes and remains coordinated with our state and federal partners ready, to respond where needed.


    • Mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders remain in effect along the coastal areas and barrier islands of North Carolina and Virginia.
    • There is a risk of tornadoes as Dorian’s bands pass over the region. If a tornado warning is issued in your area, go to a basement or room with no windows. Mobile homes are not a safe place to shelter.
    • Your state and local officials will have the most up-to-date information on evacuation orders, shelter locations and other storm updates.
    • North Carolina:
    • Virginia:
    • All shelters managed by the Red Cross are accessible for people who have disabilities (including those who are deaf, blind, use a wheelchair, or have a service animal).
    • Residents with an acute medical need (a medical need that would require a trip to the hospital) are encouraged to go to a medical shelter for assistance.
    • Visit for additional tips and resources.


    • Even if it looks like the storm has subsided, do not return until told it is safe to do so by local authorities.
    • Flooding remains a concern. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Avoid floodwaters as they may contain raw sewage, sharp objects and/or downed power lines.
    • Avoid walking near or driving over downed power lines. Consider all power lines energized and dangerous.
    • Photograph or take video of any damage before you start cleaning up. If your property was damaged, contact your insurance company and file a claim.


    • More than 7,000 federal responders, including the National Guard, FEMA employees, and our federal partners, nonprofits and private sector, are in place and ready to support.
    • Should the states need any federal support, we stand ready to help.
    • More than 10,000 workers are positioned to restore power in areas affected by Dorian as soon as the storm clears. There are 80 high water vehicles at pre-staged Fort Bragg for water rescue, if needed.
      • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has deployed personnel including debris clearance staff, route opening engineers and temporary power teams in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Corps is monitoring water inundation in the Carolinas.
    • The Red Cross is coordinating to support evacuation centers with over 1,900 trained volunteers; more than 5,000 people were in 98 shelters in North and South Carolina.
    • The Salvation Army is providing meals, water and snacks to evacuees and has mobile kitchens on standby.


    • The governor of Florida requested a major disaster declaration for federal reimbursement to local and state government for emergency protective measures. That request is under review.
    • President Trump approved emergency declarations for Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, including the Catawba Indian Nation, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and North Carolina, to include the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
    • The emergency declarations allow for direct federal assistance for emergency and life-safety actions taken.


    • We extend condolences to those who have lost loved ones and to the affected communities.
    • Led by USAID, the U.S is providing humanitarian assistance, search & rescue, and other disaster response support at the request of the Bahamian government as well as assisting U.S. citizens in the affected areas.
    • USAID deployed search and rescue members from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue to The Bahamas. These teams – each comprising 57 people and four canines – will be conducting search and rescue missions, and other critical operations. These teams also have agreements with FEMA as part of the National Urban Search and Rescue system.
    • The U.S. Coast Guard immediately deployed ships and helicopters to evacuate severely injured individuals from Abaco and Grand Bahama islands. U.S. Customs and Border Protection also deployed rotary and fixed wing aircraft to assist with evacuation and relief efforts.
    • USAID is airlifting emergency supplies from Miami to be distributed through the Bahamian government’s National Emergency Management Agency.
    • Visit for information on how the public can support relief in the Bahamas.
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  • Reach Loved Ones

    The FEMA App is  free on the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Android.

    Free FEMA App: Disaster Resources, Disaster Reporter, Weather Alerts, Social and PreparednessFEMA-App-3

    FEMA App – Your phone can prepare you

  • Labor - Family - Safety

    While Labor day began over 100 years ago as a day to celebrate the achievements of (and provide a day of rest for) American Workers, it has become a day to relax and enjoy friends and family.

    While doing this, we'd like to emphasize that September is National Preparedness Month which
    serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.

    National Preparedness Month is a good time to take action to prepare yourself and your
    family. Take some time to talk to them about emergency plans and how you will communicate and connect during a crisis.

    The month leads up to National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30, when individuals,
    organizations and businesses across the country will highlight the importance of taking action
    and practicing emergency preparedness actions.Prepareathon Day

  • It's National Preparedness Month!

    How prepared are you?

    Could you survive any natural or man-made disaster? Could you find your way to your loved ones? Could you reach help (if any is to be reached)?

    Don't Wait. Communicate.

    Events like the recent flooding in Louisiana, Hurricane Hermine approaching Florida, and Hurricane Lester in the Gulf remind us that weather can change at a moment’s notice.
    Disasters don’t always occur when we are together with our family and friends, and so it’s important to take time now to plan what you will do in an emergency. It only takes a few minutes to talk through the greatest risks that can affect where you live, work or go to school.
    This September and throughout the year here are few actions you can take to get started:

    • Make & practice your family emergency plan
    • Download the FEMA app

    Watch "Don't Wait" Public Service Announcement ?

    By having a conversation or making a plan, families can have more confidence and be better prepared when the next event happens.

  • Coping Mechanisms: Children and Disasters

    We've discussed Preparedness Challenges for Children in Emergencies and Helping Children Cope With a Disaster, but as we lead into National Preparedness Month, we would like to emphasize how important these considerations are as part of your Family Communication Plan.

    Thinking about this year's National Preparedness theme “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”, we'd like you to remember that disasters can leave children feeling frightened, confused, and insecure. Whether a child has personally experienced trauma or seen the event on television, it’s important for parents to be informed and ready to help ease their child’s stress.


    According to the Ready Campaign, children may respond to disaster by demonstrating fears, sadness, or behavioral problems. These reactions may vary depending on the child’s age.
    Children’s reactions are often influenced by the behavior, thoughts, and feelings of adults. Parents can help meet their child’s emotional needs by:

    • Encouraging him or her to share thoughts and feelings about the incident;
    • Clarifying misunderstandings about risk and danger by listening to their child’s concerns and answering questions;
    • Maintaining a sense of calm by validating their child’s concerns and perceptions with discussion of concrete plans for safety; and
    • Monitoring or limiting exposure to the media.

    For more information about helping children cope with disaster,

  • The ABCs of Back to School

    ABCSchool bells are ringing across the nation! Parents and guardians, it’s time to get familiar with the emergency plan at your child’s school and daycare.

    Much like individuals and families, schools and daycare providers should all have site-specific emergency plans. If you’re a parent or guardian, it’s vital that you make sure your child’s school or daycare has a plan to ensure his or her safety during an emergency. The Ready Campaign recommends you:

    • Ask how they will communicate with families during a crisis;
    • Ask if they store adequate food, water, and other basic supplies; and
    • Find out if they can “shelter-in-place” and where they plan to go if they must get away.

    The Guardian Survival Gear Childrens Survival Kit The Guardian Survival Gear Childrens Survival Kit

    Disasters can occur while your child is away from you, but protecting from afar is as easy as ABC. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outline a quick and easy way to keep your child safe at school or daycare:

    • Ask how you will reunite with your child in an emergency or evacuation;
    • Bring extra medication, special foods, or supplies that your child might need; and
    • Complete a backpack contact information card.

    Learn more:

    • Preparedness Challenges for Children in Emergencies
    Helping Children Cope With a Disaster
    Assemble Disaster Supplies

    If your child has a disability or an access or functional need, be sure to meet with a school disability specialist to discuss plans for how the school will provide for his or her safety. For more information about school emergency plans, visit

    If you need to fund your school's preparedness supplies, consider First Aid Fundraising – Safe, Fun & Healthy Fund raiser alternative – big profits!

    Parents, guardians, and teachers can also use the Children and Youth Preparedness Social Media Toolkit to share safety messages on their social media networks.

  • Get Ready for National Preparedness Month!

    National Preparedness Month is coming, and the theme "Don't wait, communucate!" was so successful last year, it is being expamded this year to help drive come the importance of commucation and planning before and emergency arises.

    Some helpful articles to get you thinkingL

    ?  Who to Include on Your Crisis Communication Team
    ?  Emergency Online Communication Training
    ?  What’s Your Plan?
    ?  Make Your Emergency Plan Today
    ?  How to Develop a Family Emergency Plan


  • PrepareAthon is coming

    April 30 is the Spring America's PrepareAthon date...

    AmericasPreparathon-Square.jpgAmericans have been moving from awareness into action to prepare for disasters and save lives with America’s PrepareAthon!, a grassroots, community-based campaign to create a more prepared nation. On April 30, National PrepareAthon! Day encourages all Americans to know what to do when a disaster occurs, to get involved and to get prepared now and throughout the year.

    Here are actions you can take to get yourself and your family prepared for emergencies and disasters:

    • Learn about WEAs
    Sign up for local alerts and warnings from school, work, or your local government.
    • Know your community’s plans for evacuation and the evacuation route where you live.
    • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.

    Want more info on the PrepareAthon? Read: Ten Ways to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon!

    PRE-pared means yo plan and supply yourself BEFORE Disaster Strikes! PRE-pared means yo plan and supply yourself BEFORE Disaster Strikes!
  • Is Your Business Disaster Prepared?

    Now that National Preparedness Month is over, many will forget about the need to be ready until the media harps on  the subject again next September. Preparedness is a concern year round.. especially for businesses. Businesses, whether major corporation, or small businesses like First Aid Store, have a responsibility to be ready and resilient. Not only do the stakeholders and owners want the business to rebound and continue after disaster strikes, but there is a further responsibility to the employees of the business and their families, as well as to the community served by any business.

    The Disaster Prepared Business

    Each year small businesses nationwide close their doors because of damage from flooding, tornadoes, wildfires, and hurricanes. Small business owners can develop a preparedness program to address the impact of hazards. There are five steps in developing this program:

    • Program Management
    • Planning
    • Implementation
    • Testing and Exercises
    • Program Improvement

    ready-rating-logo-2015According to FEMA’s Preparedness in America Report, employees are 75 percent more likely to take action when employers encourage employees to prepare for disasters. Employers can participate in the American Red Cross Ready Rating Program to help their organization successfully withstand disasters. To join the program, employers complete an assessment to gauge the preparedness level of their business. After the assessment, employers must take action to improve preparedness within the office and among employees.

    America’s PrepareAthon! also offers Prepare Your Organization Playbooks to help business owners hold preparedness discussions and table top exercises for six hazards:

    1. Winter Storms
    2. Wildfire
    3. Tornado
    4. Hurricane
    5. Flood
    6. Earthquake
  • National PrepareAthon - Today is America's PrepareAthon

    Today is the National PrepareAthon - and the last day of National Preparedness Month 2015. Are your participating? More importantly... after a Month of Survival Tips and information... Are you ready for  tomorrow?

    You never know when disaster will strike. Neither did Chantel, Abby, or Adam. Meet three survivors from three recent natural disasters: Hurricane Sandy; the Moore, Oklahoma tornado; and the Poinsettia Wildfire outside of San Diego. Watch their stories and then log on to for more information on what you can do to prepare you and your family. Be Smart. Take Part. Prepare. #PrepareAthonPrepareAthon2015-compilation

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