During National Financial Capability Month, FEMA’s Ready Campaign aims to encourage people to take action by saving for the unexpected. It is vital that individuals and families have a financial plan to face emergencies and disasters. This would help communities and the country to be better prepared for disaster.
Each week throughout April, FEMA’s Ready Campaign is hosting social media events to talk about planning, budgeting, saving money for disasters and emergencies and the importance of insurance coverage.
All times are Eastern:
• 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 2. Facebook Live, Unlocking Your Financial Future: Build it. Grow it. Secure it. This event will kick off Financial Capability Month and share tips and resources on financial preparedness.
• 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 10. TwitterChat, Plan for the Unexpected. Financial preparedness subject matter experts will answer questions about how to create a savings plan and budget to help prepare for emergencies and disasters. #FinancialChat
• 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. Webinar: Money Matters: Resources for Youth in Financial Preparedness. FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council members and stakeholders will discuss saving strategies and tips. Register for the webinar here.
• 1 p.m. Wednesday April 24. TwitterChat: Insure your Financial Future. This event will answer questions on how to safeguard documents and insure property. #FinancialChat
Join the financial preparedness conversation by following us at #FinancialFuture2019. For more information on National Financial Capability Month visit Ready.gov or USA.gov.
Last week, FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness hosted its Fourth Annual Tribal Nations Training Week in Anniston, Ala., the largest annual tribal training event in the Department of Homeland Security.
Training during the week featured six courses, with scenarios tailored to the specific needs of the 214 responders representing 46 tribal nations and 45 tribal agencies. Three of the courses culminated in an integrated capstone exercise, where students were confronted with multiple simulated disasters creating a mass casualty event.
The event kicked off March 17 with a variety of traditional Native American dishes, followed by a formal opening ceremony.
For more information and to find additional training, please visit https://cdp.dhs.gov/.
Responders check a “patient” for contaminants during an exercise as part of Tribal Training Week 2019 at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama.
The application period for the Youth Preparedness Council ends March 31. This program brings teens together from across the country who are interested and engaged in community preparedness. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities and their potential to expand their impact as national leaders for emergency preparedness. Students in 8th through 11th grade are eligible to apply.
Formed in 2012, the Youth Preparedness Council offers opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit in Washington, D.C. During their two-year term, the youth leaders will complete both a local and national-level project and share their ideas regarding youth disaster preparedness with FEMA leadership and national organizations.
Youth interested in applying to the Council must submit a completed application form, provide two letters of recommendation, and academic records. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. PDT, March 31. New council members will be announced in May.
To access the application materials, read about the current Council members, and for more general information about the Youth Preparedness Council visit www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.