Throughout the month of April, FEMA, in partnership with the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC), celebrates National Financial Capability Month. Personal financial planning helps individuals and families prepare for disasters both big and small.
Each week throughout April, the Ready Campaign will host social media events to talk about planning, budgeting, saving money for disasters and emergencies, and the importance of having insurance coverage. Join us for the following events (all times are Eastern):
– 1 p.m. on 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 disasters and emergencies. #FinancialChat
– 4 p.m. on 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. on April 24. TwitterChat: “Insure your Financial Future.” This event will answer questions on how to safeguard documents and insure property. #FinancialChat
To view the Facebook live, Unlocking your Financial Future, from last week, follow this link. In addition to these events hosted by FEMA and FLEC, the Department of Defense is hosting a Facebook Live: Q&A event at 1 p.m. ET April 18. Anyone can tune in by visiting the Department of Defense Office of Financial Readiness Facebook page.
Find out more by following #FinancialFuture2019 on social media and by visiting ready.gov and usa.gov/flec.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released the U.S. Spring Flood and Climate Outlook. The majority of the country is expected to experience above-average precipitation this spring, increasing flood risk.
Portions of the United States – especially in the upper Mississippi and Missouri River basins including Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska – have already experienced record flooding this year. This early flooding was caused by rapid snow melt combined with heavy spring rain and late season snowfall in areas with high levels of soil moisture. The latest information for a specific area, including official watches and warnings are available at http://water.weather.gov.
To determine your risk or learn more about the importance of flood insurance, visit: https://www.floodsmart.gov/.
This episode of FEMA podcast discusses the Student Tools for Emergency Preparedness or STEP program. FEMA created the STEP program to teach fourth and fifth grade students how to prepare for emergencies and disasters and train them to become leaders in family preparedness. The discussion dives deeper into how the program works and how these efforts are helping move the needle of overall disaster preparedness in one FEMA region. Listen on the discussion here.
The FEMA Podcast is an audio program series available to anyone interested in learning more about the Agency, hearing about innovation in the field of emergency management, and listening to stories about communities and individuals recovering after disasters.