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Monday, January 30, 2012

FEMA: Community Preparedness Starts with You!

This Citizen Corps News Digest is provided by FEMA's Individual & Community Preparedness Division to highlight community preparedness, resilience resources and activities recently announced by federal agencies and Citizen Corps partners. 
This week’s News Digest includes:
Community Preparedness Starts with You!

Citizen Corps Partners and Affiliates Updates
Community Preparedness Starts with YOU!
It’s the beginning of a New Year and we are excited so many of you have taken part in our January activities.  Two weeks ago we honored the Individual and Community Preparedness Award winners as Champions of Change at the White House and last week we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Citizen Corps Program.  As we continue to promote what you do, we also want to provide you with new resources, so I am proud to say the Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) recently hosted one of the most highly attended Community Preparedness Webinar Series webinars on record.
More than 1,800 individuals registered for the FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) webinar. Every state within the U.S. was represented and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate even stopped by to say a few words. He talked about the importance of these new CERT tools and resources for CERT volunteers, local program managers and those wishing to start a CERT program in their own locality.
The webinar highlighted new, accessible versions of the CERT Basic Training Course, recently made available in Spanishlow visionand in screen reader . These materials serve to expand the reach of CERT into the Whole Community in terms of preparedness.
CERT National Office Director Rachel Jacky, presented on the new CERT Program Manager and CERT Train-the-Trainer Courses., The program manager course helps prepare current and prospective CERT managers/coordinators to create and sustain an active CERT program, while the train-the-trainer course provides a standard curriculum for states, regions and the Emergency Management Institute to train CERT instructors.
For all of those who participated, thank you for your continued support. For those who were not able to participate, you can view the webinar and find the recording HERE.
Remember, Community Preparedness Starts with YOU!
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       Paulette Aniskoff
      Director, Individual and Community Preparedness
      The National Office of Citizen Corps
      FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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