Department of Defense (DoD)

September 2020 Individual and Community Preparedness Newsletter

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In This Issue:

Ready Tips

A family gathered at the table making an emergency plan.

Take Action During National Preparedness Month

Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today. September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and a great time to plan for and practice safety with your family, co-workers, school, neighbors, and yourself! Consider taking the following steps each week during September to strengthen your knowledge of preparedness:

  • September 1-5: Make A Plan: Talk with your family and create an emergency plan;
  • September 6-12: Build A Kit: Identify and set aside emergency supplies to keep at home. Don’t forget to pack supplies in case you need to leave your home or evacuate;
  • September 13-19: Prepare for Disasters: Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area and take steps to prepare for them; and
  • September 20-26: Teach Youth About Preparedness: Share preparedness advice with your kids and their friends. These tips about staying safe can be fun and easy!

Visit to learn more about NPM and find tools, tips, and resources to help you stay safe and participate. Are you a social media user? Follow FEMA on social media platforms: Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using the hashtag #BeReady.

To learn more about personal and community preparedness, please visit

The 2020 National Household Survey Results are In

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the results from the 2020 National Household Survey (NHS) in September 2020 and will host two webinars to review the results. Every year, FEMA surveys the public to assess the Nation’s progress in building a culture of preparedness. FEMA also reviews the perceptions and experiences that influence people to take steps to become more prepared. Read more…

Webinars—2020 National Household Survey Results

Join FEMA in a two-part webinar series for an in-depth review of the 2020 National Household Survey results. Part I will focus on the national results, detailing the background of the survey and its key findings. Part II will focus on the hazard-specific results.

  • Part I: National Results– Thursday, September 10, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET. To register, click here.
  • Part II: Hazard-Specific Results– Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET. To register, click here.

CERT & Communities

Hybrid CERT Training

The University of Utah, Utah Division of Emergency Management, and the Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign, are proud to announce the nationwide rollout of the Hybrid CERT training this month. This training resource is free for all CERT programs.

Developed in partnership between the University of Utah and the Utah Division of Emergency Management, the Hybrid CERT training offers an alternative delivery option for the CERT Basic course. Traditionally, the CERT Basic course is 20+ hours of classroom-based training. The Hybrid CERT training incorporates 12 hours of online independent study, followed by 16 hours of in-person skills training, and disaster simulation. The Hybrid CERT training aligns with the CERT Basic curriculum and is available in English and Spanish.

To ensure that CERT programs across the nation know how to properly implement the Hybrid CERT training, a series of webinars will be available on the Hybrid CERT training and implementation of the programs. These webinars are hosted by FEMA Region IX in partnership with FEMA Region VIII. To register for the upcoming sessions, please complete this quick survey here.

FEMA depends on state and local CERT leaders to supervise CERT Basic training at all times. Utilization and acceptance of this Hybrid Training is at the discretion of state coordinators.

For more information about the Hybrid CERT training, please visit here.

FEMA Region VI Community Preparedness Award to Winner— Lynn Cordes, Lawton Public Schools

FEMA Region VI’s community preparedness working group selected Lynn Cordes, executive director of communications, Lawton Public Schools—Lawton, OK, as the winner of the 2020 FEMA Region VI Community Preparedness Award. Representing the Lawton and Fort Sill communities, Cordes is highlighted on Region VI’s #R6Prepares podcast, where she includes details on how she and other partner agencies prepared their community for an Active Shooter incident. Please check out the episode here.

Webinar— CBO OPEN Training

Join FEMA on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. ET to discuss the new Organizations Preparing for Emergency Needs (OPEN) training, and how it will help Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) prepare for incidents and continue providing services after a disaster. To register, click here.

ICYMI—Preparedness Webinars

You can watch previously recorded webinars focused on topics impacting individual and community preparedness such as COVID-19, Hurricanes, Health and Mental Wellness, Pet Preparedness, and more on FEMA’s Preparedness Webinars page. These sessions are brought to you by FEMA’s Region 2 and Individual and Community Preparedness Division. You can check out all past webinars here.

Children & Disasters

YPC member from Region 3.

FEMA Hosts Annual Youth Preparedness Council Summit

In July, FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) hosted its annual Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) Summit. This event brought together 15 young leaders from across the country to discuss disaster preparedness and position them to continue making a difference in their communities. Typically, the Summit brings the Council members to Washington, D.C., for an in-person event. This year, however, the Summit looked a bit different due to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Instead of meeting in person, the participants met each other in a completely virtual event.

The remote nature of the Summit didn’t stop members from having a fun and exciting time over the course of three afternoons. On the first day, the YPC members had the honor of being joined by the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump. Read more…

FEMA YPC logo.

WebinarSafety Matters: Transitioning Back to Normalcy

Please join FEMA’s Region V Youth Preparedness Council on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. CT (5:00 p.m. ET) to for a webinar focused on helping youth cope with the stresses and concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Led by Banan Garada, co-chair of the National Youth Preparedness Council, this session will include speakers from the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health and the U.S Department of Health and Human Services.

Quarantining at home has proven to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but as a result, the mental health of many youth has been impacted. This webinar will address youth and the stress of dealing with social isolation and going back to school in the midst of a pandemic. Furthermore, it will discuss concerns regarding the safety of protecting vulnerable groups. Experts in the field will give their insight and recommendations as well as answer questions from the audience.

Who should attend the webinar? Youth, adults, community leaders, and educators.

To register for this webinar, please click here.

Financial Resilience

FEMA Partners Help Share Tips on Financial Resilience

FEMA encourages people to plan, budget, and save to prepare for a disaster. The financial resilience messaging is successful because of the strong relationships that FEMA has developed with partners. These partnerships, both within and outside the federal government, have helped community-based organizations (CBOs) and government agencies build effective tools and strategies to support their communities. Through these partnerships, which reach far beyond FEMA’s traditional stakeholders, FEMA has also been able to prepare individuals and CBOs for a wide variety of emergencies, including navigating unemployment challenges during the pandemic, and sharing flood insurance information to rebuild after a storm.

Recently, FEMA had the opportunity to partner with the American Public Works Association (APWA) on financial resilience. In an article written for the September issue of APWA Reporter, the Association’s monthly magazine, Chad Gorman, FEMA’s Acting Assistant Administrator for National Preparedness, describes FEMA resources and tools to help with financial preparedness. Read more…

Webinar—Financial Resilience: Tools for Your Community

Join FEMA on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. ET and learn about the importance of financial preparedness for emergencies. Hear experts from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) give real-world examples and talk about tools that can help individuals and communities be more financially prepared. To register, please click here.

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